Monthly Archives: July 2014

Empowering members empowering guests

Yesterday we had the distinguished honor to have two guests at our meeting: Domenico and Maria Teresa.

Domenico studied political sciences in Turin, and Maria Teresa works in the information retrieval field. Both of them very interesting topics to me, so I can’t wait to discover what kind of speeches they can deliver through their voices!

Domenico and Maria Teresa have been involved in the brightest timed evening ever. A great achievement for our club.

Small steps, always forward.

The next meeting will be the 31st of July, 2014. It will be the last one before the usual Italian summer vacation. Lombroso16 is a very nice meeting place. Maybe not as professional as many of us would like, but it is very comfortable to reach from the Porta Nuova and Porta Susa Railway Stations, in the middle of San Salvario neighborhood. We will meet at the bar right there at 19:00, and then we will move into the working room.

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Do I need a Radiant Rhetoric?

Welcome to the Radiant Rhetoric! We are committed to helping each other overcome one of the top fears shared by every human: public speaking. Toastmasters believes in cultivating a friendly learning environment that helps people to develop their communication and leadership skills.

What is your personal goal?

Do you want to be a great speaker, professional trainer, or a leader? Or, simply have fun speaking?

Whatever your personal desires, in order to achieve them you need to set goals and then define steps to reach them.

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development, with more than 270,000 members in over 13,000 clubs in 116 countries. This network of clubs and their learn-by-doing programme are sure to help you improve.  Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped more than 4 million people just like you, from around the world, become more confident speakers and leaders.

Every Toastmasters club shares the same mission, clearly defined in the following mission statement: We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater selfconfidence and personal growth.. Through this mission, each Toastmaster gains a clear understanding of the club’s purpose, and the organization as a whole benefits from a shared set of values and goals. In our Radiant Rhetoric Toastmasters club you will learn a lot by PRACTICING. In a normal meeting, we have “prepared speeches” given by members; we have impromptu speaking session called “table topics” (where you can have some fun by answering questions on the spot); and we have the evaluation session. We believe it is very important for you to receive feedback on how you do. And that is probably the most effective way to improve your skills. How often do you receive quality feedback on your presentations and/or talks in your personal/professional life? As you progress in Toastmasters, you’ll get to practice your skills by organising and conducting meetings and motivating others to help you. Become a better negotiator. Gain trust. Inspire your team. Whether you are a professional, student, stay-at-home parent or retired, Toastmasters is the most efficient, enjoyable and affordable way of gaining great communication skills. You’ll learn how to:

  • Formulate and express your ideas effectively
  • Be more persuasive and confident when giving presentations
  • Improve your one-on-one dealings with others

Don’t delay! Visit our next meeting – guests are most welcome. You won’t regret it!

Our coming meetings:

– 24 July 2014: 19:30 – 20:30 hrs

– 31 July 2014: 19:30 – 21:00 hrs

See you after the August Italian holidays:

–  04 September 2014: 19:30 – 21:00 hrs

–  11 September 2014: 19:30 – 21:00 hrs

–  18 September 2014: 19:30 – 21:00 hrs

–  25 September 2014: 19:30 – 21:00 hrs

Want to know more and receive invitations? www.radiant

My people perish from a lack of knowledge

“My people perish from a lack of knowledge”, says the Hosea book in the Bible. That’s a possibility we often prefer not to consider because it is very dramatic and definitive.

At Radiant Rhetoric, we try to provide knowledge and inspiration to every meeting participant in a full supportive way.

As I usually say: you will never know when something will turn out to be useful. And the last Saturday we went to Superga to have an extraordinary day of public speaking, tripping and… exchanging ideas. We were so extra lucky to meet two nice guys from Holland. We hope to meet them again!

Language is a way to discover new worlds, and without a language you cannot communicate anything, obviously. Even sharing a lunch is a way to discover new worlds and communicate each other. To me, sharing a lunch with another interesting human is always a very good way to communicate.

Finally, I would like to say thanks to everyone that was there, in any way.

Gonzalo explains to Orlando the benefits to have a proper timing

Gonzalo explains to Orlando the benefits to having a proper timing

Live Superga with Toastmasters – Saturday, 19 July 2014

Brochure Live Superga July 2014 event

The Leader Letter – Keeping you connected! – July 2014

Welcome to the Leader Letter, a monthly e-publication offering practical information to help our club leaders stay connected and promote educational growth, increase membership and keep informed on district news. 

 The Voice of Radiant Rhetoric Toastmasters Club 
Producing a newsletter is one of the primary club duties for a vice president public relations, and serving as editor counts as credit for the 10th project of the Competent Leadership manual. As a review, Toastmasters International states that a club newsletter serves three key purposes:

  • Document and publicize current events.
  • Inform with educational material.
  • Provide visitors with take-home information.

When these goals are satisfied, a newsletter provides a lot of information to readers. However, I feel that newsletters serve many other purposes, including:

  • Connecting new members with the club.
  • Encouraging communication among members.
  • Recognizing members’ accomplishments through published stories.
  • Inspiring all members to participate further in the Toastmasters program.

Finally, the overarching purpose of a club newsletter is:

  • To help the club to achieve its mission and vision.

Welcome to the first issue of The Leader Letter for the 2014-2015 program year at Toastmasters International Radiant Rhetoric club.

RRclub_Newsletter 07.2014

Fantastic season opening with the officers team complete!

President Orlando Selenu;
Vice President Education Luminita Butuc;
Vice President Public Relations Katia Burdet;
Treasurer Sara Iuliano;
Vice President Membership & Sergent at Arms Gonzalo Alcaraz;
Secretary Monica Melniciuc;
IT Support Federico Pisanu.


Enjoy discovering Toastmasters International through our club newsletter!



The Ice Breaker

The Ice Breaker

Last time, we have seen the Ice breaker of Monica!  Thanks Monica and Congratulation for your  path opening!

This event was really emotional  because  today we know more about the speaker!

In your ICE BREAKER you will introduce yourself to your fellow club members and give them some information about your background, interests and ambitions.

The sound of self-confidence

Only for you, here it is my Ice breaker , held on May 10, 2012

Good morning Toastmasters and dear guests.

Let me introduce my little story about Australia trip and why it is so important and representative of myself. I received my business assignment before Easter 2010, just two weeks to do my luggage, to prepare passport and thinking…

What was my main preoccupation? The english..or better If I say Australian of course. You have already seen Mister Crocodile dundee. Don’t you? Crocodile Dundee is a 1988 Australian adventure and comedy film. Actors Paul Hogan and as Mick Dundee. Directed and produced by John Cornell ; Written by Paul Hogan; Music by Peter Best;Distributed by Paramount Pictures ; Budget $15,800,000;Box office $239,606,210

…so which is the most famous expression? G’day MATE.  It means Good morning dear friend. Thanks .. thanks a lot Paul Hogan, without you I couldn’t understand G’day MATE.

First day in my new activity. I went to my office and Andrew that was a colleague that gave me a handshake and He said: “aingoin” ( ARE YOU GOING?)

And I replied: “Well my name is katia..from Italy. Well I did a egg my face. After few day I understood than after “aingoing” I was supposed to say “I’m fine thanks and you”. During the first month I felt like a dog.. i didn’t know the words but I recognized the sounds …as a pet..”ah ah ah.. fine thanks”.

And I remember how was difficult to pronounce AREA, without that my friend could have understood HAIR. Again how many times I have repeated kangaroo ….it was never the correct pronunciation.. Any way, after several months the sound “aingoin” became my confort zone.

From when I have came back to Italy, I can say that I’m more self- confident thanks to my Australian experience,  also because if  I  have survived to the Country, I think that I can be quiet in Italy. For this reason that period was so important.. I tried the sound of self-confidence. And now Here I am, in Toastmasters. It’s my intention to improve english and improve the pubblic speaking.  From this moment I play by ear.

Thank you.

How to Survive Your Ice Breaker

Come in from the cold

You’ve attended a few Toastmasters meetings and you’ve seen others give their speeches. Perhaps you’ve noticed that some speakers are smooth, polished and experienced, while others struggle at a beginner’s level. Now it’s time for you to stand up and give your Ice Breaker speech. Just thinking about it gives you nightmares. Rest assured, you’re not alone!

No matter what skills you possess as a speaker, you’re probably going to find it a little stressful to speak for the first time in front of all these relative strangers. And because you know you’ll be evaluated as a part of the experience, it can be a frightening few moments of your life. What can you do to conquer your fear and sail through your first speech with fun and focus? Here are some quick tips:

  • Write out your speech in advance. At least, write down some notes so you can check your organization and make sure all important facts are included.
  • Don’t try to memorize the entire speech. Though you’ll only speak for less than six minutes, once you stand in front of the crowd, it may seem much longer. Trying to remember everything while under that kind of stress is asking too much of any first timer.
  • Use notes, but avoid too many note cards. Cards can slip from your fingers or fall out of order at the wrong moment. They’re not easy to handle when you’re nervous. One long sheet with large print, or one large card with brightly-colored bullet points to jog your memory, will serve you better.
  • Remember that all your listeners have stood where you stand now. They can all relate to any nervousness you may be experiencing. Try to think of your audience as your new friends. See their smiles and pause once in a while during your speech to make eye contact with them.
  • Remember that this speech is merely a way for you to introduce yourself. Pick three or four important things you’d like your fellow Toastmasters to learn about you and make those your speech. If you speak on something that you’re passionate about, you won’t run out of words. So, talk about an exciting adventure from your past, your hopes, your dreams and maybe your favorite hobby. What defines you? Talk about it.

Your evaluator is required to find some advice to offer, so try to take it in the spirit in which it’s being offered. Everyone in a Toastmasters meeting is there to help everyone else. So, each person gives and gets advice from time to time. It’s your choice whether or not to follow any advice you’re given, but if the evaluator is a much more experienced speaker, you should probably at least consider it. See the “Additional Resources” section, below, for more tips on reducing nervousness and perfecting a speech.

Don’t forget to take a breath when you stand up at the lectern. Say hello to everyone…and begin!


A new Toastmasters club is in Turin

Dear Reader,

A new Toastmasters International Club is born in Turin, Italy. And it’s an English speaking club, indeed!

Radiant Rhetoric is a Toastmasters International Club, so its members are public speakers, or willing to be!

We meet every Thursday at 7 pm in a new area called Lombroso16 in Via Lombroso 16!

I’m Orlando Selenu, the 2014-2015 President, and I look forward to meeting you!