Riga Toastmasters

Please note that the next meeting of Riga Toastmasters club on 19th October 2016 will take place at Microsoft Latvia offices Zaļā iela 1, Rīga, at 18:30
Area K3 Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contests 08OCT in Vilnius, Lithuania
Division K Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contests 22-23OCT in Helsinki, Finland
District 95 FALL CONFERENCE and Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contests 25-26NOV in Warsaw, Poland
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“Presentation literacy” isn't an option anymore, according to TED Talks curator Chris Anderson. “It's a core skill for the 21st century.” --Forbes

Whether you're invited to give a TED talk or whether you have to make a presentation to a client or whether you have to give a speech at a social event - public speaking is a core skill that many people are keen to develop. Toastmasters is a way to do just that - become an effective, confident public speaker by practicing in a friendly, supportive environment.

Feel free to join us on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesday of every month for an evening of prepared speeches, evaluations, and Table Topics™ (impromptu speeches). Guests are always welcome!

Riga, Latvia, 31.05.2016.

01JUL2016 marks the beginning of the new Toastmasters International (TMI) year 2016-2017. Members of Riga Toastmasters (RTM) have new opportunities to sharpen their leadership and communication skills. Each new year also gives members the chance to serve as committee members, who are elected annually.
On 18 May 2016, RTM elected the new Executive committee (EC) for the next TMI year (July 2016 to June 2017). The candidates presented their visions on how to improve their club in the future. The main goals being to increase membership, make meetings more accessible to guests, and to popularize the club among organizations that could benefit from presentation and leadership skills.
The newly elected Executive committee of RTM:
President - Davids Stasuns
Vice President Education (VPE) - Kristine Kamerade
Vice President Membership (VPM) - Viesturs Rijnieks
Vice President Public relations (VPPR) - Davis Golds
Secretary - Ilze Donina
Treasurer - Arturs Tarvids
Sergeant at Arms (SA) - Agnese Veckalne
IT support - Janis Blaus
Some of the newly elected officers are experienced Toastmasters, while others have just started their journey towards new challenges and experiences in the TMI family. Newly elected VPE Kristine Kamerade (an experienced member herself) has made it her goal to develop the mentoring program at RTM so that every new member has an assigned senior member ready to answer any questions and guide them through their first speeches. The newly elected VPPR and IT Support are working together to reach a wider digital audience with plans to unveil the new RTM digital platform later in the year. One of RTM's founding members, Davids Stasuns, was elected president by unanimous decision. Davids, who has held several positions in the EC before, said on the election evening: “My goal is to see more members involved in the EC and its supporting committees to give everyone the opportunity to further develop their leadership skills and make the work of the EC as efficient as possible.” The committee will officially start its work on the 1st of July.

A Toastmasters meeting is a “learning-by-doing workshop”, there are no instructors at Toastmasters meetings. Instead, members evaluate one another’s presentations and offer suggestions for improvement. This feedback process is a key part of the program’s success.
Businesses around the world need strong leaders and communicators to succeed in the global economy. Toastmasters offers an affordable, consistent program to help employees grow. Involvement in Toastmasters boosts employees’ morale, increases productivity, develops leaders, improves professional communication, encourages teamwork and collaboration, and provides a low-cost solution for employee skill-building.

Feel free to join us on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesday of every month for an evening of prepared speeches, evaluations, and Table Topics™ (impromptu speeches). Guests are always welcome!

Vice President of Public Relations
Kristine Kamerade, CC, ALB
Toastmasters International is a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization's membership exceeds 332,000 in more than 15,400 clubs in 135 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders.
Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development.
The mission of the club

The mission of a Toastmasters club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.
Riga Toastmasters club story

It started in the heads of two Latvians, one had been a Toastmaster member in India and the other, in the Czech Republic…When they came back to Latvia in 2009 and 2010 respectively, they wanted to join a local Toastmasters club in Riga (back then there were over 13,000 Toastmaster clubs in 116 countries all around the world!). For both it seemed obvious that there should be clubs in their own country. But much to their surprise...they discovered that there was not a single club in Latvia! In fact, the only association for local people about “Toastmasters” was that it's a community practicing their skills in “eating toast”...

Often, when you make a decision in your head, the dots connect at the right time and place and things start to materialize. The first event was a meeting at “Costa Coffee” on Aspazijas
bulvaris near the Monument of Freedom - 2 hours of discussion and then a common decision to act! That was followed by preparational work and a demonstration meeting on November 5, 2011. http://www.baltic-course.com/eng/forums/?doc=57067&ins_print It exceeded all expectations of three founders of the club (by then “Amoplant” Communication Director - Igors Graurs, who became the first club President, joined the team). The meeting was attended by guests from Latvia as well as experienced Toastmasters’ members from Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Switzerland. In total: 58 guests!

According to Toastmasters International (TMI) rules, in order to register an official club, there have to be at least 20 members. It took five months, work and a lot of positive energy and support from members, who believed in the idea and joined us, to officially register the club on April 1, 2012. Since then we have been growing and developing and are looking forward to the establishment of 4-5 Toastmasters clubs in Latvia!