Toastmaster Friends!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 0528582


Lately, I have had a  bit of a blogging block, sounds better than saying MENTAL block.

TODAY I found the cure for lifting the fog.  I attended Clearly Speaking Toastmasters which meets every Wednesday Noon at the SW United Methodist Church, here in Abilene.  Go in the door  by the Whataburger.

My good friend and real estate client and fellow Toastmaster gave a dynamite speech on inviting guests to Toastmasters. 

Consider this your personal invitation to join a local Toastmasters Club.  There are three clubs in Abilene and clubs in every state and most cities and many many foreign countries.    For a plethora of information about Toastmasters check out


HERE IN ABILENE, CLEARLY SPEAKING TOASTMASTERS is making it really easy to try  out Toastmasters with a  public speaking seminar called Speechcraft during the month of of April.  The price is RIGHT!  only TEN DOLLARS to try before you JOIN.

It is amazing what will happen during this Four Week period.  You will have an opportunity to learn tried and proven public speaking skills in a fun, friendly  environment.   Nothing builds confidence like succeeding at standing before an audience and completing a speaking project.

No one is pressured in Toastmasters.  Speaking projects are scheduled AFTER you decide YOU are ready to continue and you go at YOUR own pace.

Just a little about me, smle!   I would sometimes  hang my head and pray not to be called on for TABLE topics the first few meetings after I joined Toastmasters.   It took me a few years,..... but now, very few topics trip me up.   I have learned a few speaking tips on how to complete impromptu speaking.  I am even willing to compete in contest!  Toastmasters has been good for me and good for lifting mental fog. 

Toastmasters is a good place to improve yourself and have fun too!    After the meeting today, two of my Toastmaster friends decided to join me at my favorite place in Abilene, the Olive Garden.  That helped unblock my blogging block as well! 


 Need more information or just to want

to talk about  Toastmasters, call me at 325-721-2429.


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Clark Cook
1st Choice Realty of Fayetteville, LLC - Fayetteville, NC
Marketing Homes For Sale In Fayetteville NC Area

You've done a marvelous job Beverly of sharing your experience with Toastmasters! I might look for a local branch. Thanks!

Mar 16, 2011 03:30 PM #1
Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate
Live in Laramie Real Estate, Laramie, Wyoming - Laramie, WY
Broker/Co-Owner, Laramie, Wyoming

I think I've heard the word "Toastmasters" before but never gave it any thought.  Sounds like it has something to do with speaking effectively in public?  I'm curious enough to see if we have anything like that around here, thanks for posting.

Mar 16, 2011 04:38 PM #2
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Beverly - Toastmaster meetings is an excellent place to gain confident speaking in front of people or a group.

Mar 16, 2011 05:42 PM #3
Doug Bullwinkel
Envoy Mortgage,NMLS ID 6666 - Roseville, CA
Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS #281609

I've heard good things about Toastmaster groups.  I took a Dale Carnegie course and it made my presentations much better.  Anything that allows you to practice among a friendly group will increase your confidence.  We can all use a little more of that in this market.  Thanks for the post.

Mar 16, 2011 07:06 PM #4
Beverly Carlson
Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 - Abilene, TX
Abilene's Staging Realtor

Clark,  There is a club finder on the Toastmasters International website.  Guests are always welcome.

Brenda,  Yes, toastmasters is a non profit educational organization to help people with their public speaking skills. Toastmasters changed my confidence level exponetially for the better!

John, It was Ralph Smedley in southern Calif.  that started the first group in 1924.  He needed help with practicing speaking in front of an audience so gathered some friends to help. 

Doug, you are so right, practice with a friendly group builds confidence. Speaking for me is like exercise.  You need to practice regularly!  

Mar 17, 2011 04:26 AM #5
Ann Nguyen
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Truckee, CA
Lake Tahoe Truckee Homes For Sale


I just joined the local Toastmaster club "Truckee Talkers" a couple months ago & really enjoyed it. I am looking to see if we have an ActiveRain Toastmaster group to join.

Aug 12, 2011 11:17 AM #6
Beverly Carlson
Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 - Abilene, TX
Abilene's Staging Realtor

Ann, I'm so glad you are enjoying your Toastmasters Club.  What a cool name "Truckee Talkers"  I belong to two clubs, my home club Abilene Toastmasters and  Clearly Speaking Toastmasters.  I first joined Toastmasters in  1995 and now I'm addicted.  What really helped my motivation was going to an annual convention in 2004.

I don't know of an active rain Toastmaster group , but that is a good idea!

Thanks for commenting, Beverly 


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