Speechcraft! (part 3 of 4)

This is the third part of the four parts of the official Toastmasters Speechcraft workshop! The Speechcraft program allows experienced Toastmasters to present the fundamentals of public speaking to non-members. This workshop will be an integral part of our next club meetings. It will be conducted in four sessions during the meetings.

In the first meeting, we spoke about how to select your topics. In the second meeting, we showed you how to organise your speech. In this third meeting, we will teach you GENERAL AND SPECIFIC PURPOSE of your speeches!

Toastmasters is fun and education in public speaking and leadership. All in English.

This is free for guests – just let us know you are coming so that we can prepare a place for you. For the printed manuals, and the possibility to rehearse your speeches in front of an audience we ask the non-members for a contribution of 40 euros.

Please join us the 11th of November at Talent Garden Torino! We will gather at 19.15 and we will begin our meeting at 19.45. We plan to finish at 21.35.

Further information about our SPEECHCRAFT workshop:


Speechcraft! (part 2 of 4)

The first part of the Speechcraft workshop was a huge success! Next time we will show you how to organise your speeches, and we will hear the first 7 ice breakers! It is going to be a blast!

Just like whole 2015, we will be at Talent Garden Torino, just near Piazza Statuto!

We look forward to seeing you the 28th of October 2015!

Speechcraft! (part 1 of 4)

We are getting ready to start speechcraft – a 4 session workshop to begin speaking in public.

We will be at Talent Garden Torino, just near Piazza Statuto!

We hope you can join us tomorrow, 14th of October 2015!

[Toastmasters][Radiant Rhetoric club] Meeting#31> on 23rd September 15 at 19:15

Fellow Radiant Rhetoric Toastmasters,

What a joyfull meeting!!
This is a common Path. Our own way to… become better speakers when we  build – every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the Month – meetings as pleasant as this one: with a plenty of guests and friends that join a free-judgement environment to develop their communication and leadership skills.
Find me a person that will say no to this kind of opportunity!

Thank you Monica for the amazing theme of the evening you chose!

We had tonight 2 great speakers: Keith & Orlando.
Keith’s book sounded to me quite interesting,
so I added it to my wish list of readings and I suggest you to do the same. Inline image 1

A book transcend many times our perception, enlarge our vocabulary and give us insights about people’s opinions and life in general. Do not wait tomorrow to come: read a book per month -> each evening at least 5 pages and it makes aprox.150 pages/month. 😉 Achievable & simple!

A big THANK YOU is going also to our dear guests! I saw you really love to speak in public: you enriched the tonight meeting. So,
Remember, you are always welcome:
Valentina R.,
Daniele Z.,
Monica A.,
Tunji O.,
Andrea O.,
Julian S.,
Alessandra P.,
Federico B.,
Marinella B.,
Franklin DL.,
Last but not least, a round of applause to our new members:
Alessia DM.,
Marija S.,
Mircea B.
Lastly, I hereby invite all to attend our Speechcraft course. We are running a short course on public speaking at our meeting location aka TAG, on
> 14th & 28th October
> 11th & 25th November

Cost 40€ – refundable against the first membership payment.

Ask us further information:
See you in October!!!

A smile towards the future

The summer is over, but we will never stop to raise our chin and look over the horizon.

— quote from Baden Powell


Next meetings, and a new meeting day!

Old and new Friends,

from June 2015, we are going to shift our meeting day from Thursday to Wednesday because we want to catch the opportunity to meet other clubs in the surroundings of Torino.

So our next meeting will be:

  • 27th of May, Election Day, at Area Cafè, via Sant’Anselmo
  • 28th of May, Toastmasters Meeting @ Talent Garden Torino
  • 10th of June, Toastmasters Meeting @ Talent Garden Torino
  • 23th of June, Toastmasters Meeting @ Talent Garden Torino

We are waiting… for you!

What our guests say about us: an interview with Mark

RR Toastmasters club dinner after meeting_20150423                                                Fellow Toastmasters, guests and readers,

Here are some thoughts about Radiant Rhetoric Toastmasters club that Marco – one of our guests, shared with me after the 23rd of April meeting. He agreed to be interviewed and gave me the right to publish it and here the result:

Lumi: Who are you and why you are here?
Marco: My name is Mark Barn, I am a mechanical engineer, I am 22, and I was very curious about this club.
L: How did you find about us?
M: I was in Shanghai last year. There was a friend of mine with whom I was studying Chinese, but she is from Korea and she was working for Samsung. Meanwhile she was doing an MBA in Shanghai, plus she was making this activity with Toastmasters Shanghai, and she told me about this kind of a club activity.
That time I didn’t give that much consideration to this, but some months ago I thought about this “stuff” and I asked her: “What was the name of the public speaking activity you’re doing in Shanghai, maybe I can found it in another places around the world?!?”. And she guided me to look for Toastmasters on the internet and I found a club – Toastmasters Torino. So, I went there, but what I was looking was an English club. My objectives are oriented to international work community at an international level in which I will use the English language also. Their club is great, the meeting was amazing, and I understood how the activity work, but as I said previously I wanted to attend an English club, so I found out that there is something that suits my orientation which is Radiant Rhetoric Toastmasters club.
L: Before coming here you attended a meeting at Toastmasters Torino?
M: Yes. They were very happy, I showed my interest regarding the activity. They are bilingual and they supported me. It was good, but I also wanted to have a look here because you’re the only English club, definitely more suitable for me. So, here I am. I came to visit you!
L: We’re an uncharted club, it means that we are growing and we intend to reach at least 20 members. Would you like to join us?
M: The club is great! The activity is very interesting and the location is amazing, all in a professional kind mood. I love the education you give to people and that you are very friendly. It’s true that you don’t have a big audience, still you’re growing. I really had good feeling!
L: What are your expectations toward the club?
M: I know I can work on the communication skills here, competence that I need now and for my future, at work as with my friends, in all the areas of my life. There are many guests. For me was innovative what you’ve done tonight. This is a great possibility to grow and to become a competent communicator. And yes, your club is fresh.
L: Thank you for your time, Marco and welcome!
M: Thank you all!

I can confirm to you that Marco’s story made me understood better that our thoughts today become our reality tomorrow.
If we are confident in our ability to be successful, we will achieve our goals and success will follow. Let us work together in the pursuit of excellence, for the benefit of our communities. Let’s grow Radiant Rhetoric Toastmasters club. By becoming effective as communicators in society, we will create a better world.

Thank you for your commitment, dedication and courage in serving one another in Toastmasters, where leaders are made.

Charming eloquence was not built in a day

“We learn best in moments of enjoyment”, said our founder, Richard Smedley in 1924. And I still believe in it. Tomorrow, in Milan our club will join other 3 clubs to have a Speech Marathon. The organizer Xplorers Milan is one of the oldest clubs in Italy (the second in chronological order if I remember well) and it is full of kind people!

Milan, the city of fashion, they say. Milan, the financial capital of Italy, they say. According to the actual concentration of the Toastmasters Clubs, Milan is the TM capital of Italy, I would say! Corporate clubs, English club, bilingual clubs, all is in Milan!

So tomorrow me and Stefano, our newest member, are going to join the other clubs of the north-western part of Italy in this special event! A full half-day of speeches and mutual evaluations, it is a great chance to improve our listening skills!

I am sure we will practise our speeches through the journey! Let’s take some inspiration from here!

…and let’s have some fun!

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Thanksgiving Day has been an annual holiday in the United States since 1863.

Not everyone sees Thanksgiving Day as a cause for celebration. Each year since 1970, a group of Native Americans and their supporters have staged a protest for a National Day of Mourning at Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts on Thanksgiving Day. There are claims that the first Thanksgiving Day was held in the city of El Paso, Texas in 1598. Another early event was held in 1619 in the Virginia Colony. Many people trace the origins of the modern Thanksgiving Day to the harvest celebration that the Pilgrims held in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621. However, their first true Thanksgiving was in 1623, when they gave thanks for rain that ended a drought. These early Thanksgivings took the form of a special church service, rather than a feast. In the second half of the 1600s, thanksgivings after the harvest became more common and started to become annual events. However, it was celebrated on different days in different communities and in some places there were more than one Thanksgiving each year. George Washington, the first president of the United States, proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving Day in 1789.

Thanksgiving Day is traditionally a day for families and friends to get together for a special meal,  it’s a time for many people to give thanks for what they have.


As  members, we have many reasons for gratitude. Some of them:

Thank you Toastmasters for making accessible to such a large amount of people the vital skill of communication. A word of better communicators is a more democratic, inspiring interesting world.

Thank you, Toastmasters to give me the opportunity to do the wrong thing, to receive feedback, to develop myself  and others. To communicate my feelings, my opinion, my world.                                                                                                      Katia

Thank you, Radiant Rhetoric Toastmasters fellows! Thanks for your votary, attitude, friendship, and happiness.                                                                     Monica

I would like to thank Toastmasters for giving me the possibility to improve the message I want to give with the amazing tools of public speaking.        Gonzalo 

I am thankful that Toastmasters has gone Global and arrived also to me! People I met great people who are supportive of one another and want to see each other grow & develop into better leaders and communicators. I’m thankful to make mistakes & learn from them in a less pressured environment.                       Luminita


Sixth italian conference (aka First Division conference)

Toastmasters Italy 2014 Autumn Conference, Division G District 59.