Advanced: leader, feedback, pathways

Advanced Leader Bronze

For a good reason our tagline is: where leaders are made. There is a dedicated program in Toastmasters where you can learn and grow your leadership skills. Our member what are you going advanced in this program so far, that she received the official title: Advanced Leader Bronze

Olga receiving her new ALB badge

Congratulations to Olga for progressing in the program and achieving this award.


We all grow best when we receive feedback. Of course we also need to grow in giving feedback. This evening Axel showed us how he tackled this challenge.

While giving feedback in itself is based on what you see you nonetheless can prepare for it. Axel showed us his script and paper template to give feedback. We can see that the name of the receiving person is so important, that he writes it on top and bottom 😊

Feedback template from Axel

When looking more closely you can also see come out that Axel always structures his feedback in three sections

  • Observations and quotes marked with an eye πŸ‘
  • Impact on him and the audience marked with an arrow ==>
  • Potential hint for improvement or wish

Zooming into Axels template

Thank you Axel for showing us your structure so clearly and hands on.

Level 3 in Pathways

As a third highlight of the evening we could congratulate our member Morag to finish level III in the new education program pathways. Morag is our first member in doing so.

I also took a picture of our president Michael handing over the level three ribbon. Yet somehow my mobile phone went out of battery and did not store it. Sorry for that and of course none the less: CONGRATULATIONS MORAG!


Leaders stick out

For a leader it is unavoidable to stick out of the crowd. When doing a morning walk today this picture reminded me of a leadership trait.

You see a rather unspectacular apartment building. Many balconies, one just like any other. There is one small exception. One tenant dares to stick out with a colorful flag.

Not everyone may support the cause. The tenant may even receive some pushback for various reasons. Yet:

A leader brings a cause to our attention.

It always takes a first step. As Toastmasters we practice to move slightly out of our comfort zone and take that first step.

Homemade awards

We really like our awards. Every meeting we select:

  • Best Speaker
  • Best Evaluator
  • Best Table Topics and
  • Most Imporved

This adds up to quite a few awards. This is why every now and then we have to get them/ buy them/ make them. We choose the latter: Make them ourselves

Olga and Christian cutting awards

What a wonderful meeting

Tonight we had a wonderful meeting. An icebreaker to listen to and our gnome did not get too much to β€œeat”.

Our Gnome

And we had plenty of awards to hand out. What a joy!

Awards of August 7th 2019