Toastmasters is an opportunity for learning and developing

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Adriana Vasilache is a District 108 Club Growth Director, past President of our club and currently serving as Sergeant at Arms. She is a driving force in our club thanks to her visionary leadership and unmatched commitment. 

In her own words, “Toastmasters is an opportunity for learning and developing, for building self-esteem, for growing. Behind these words and skills, there is a community. A community of people who want to learn and to have fun. A community of people whose energy gives you wings.”

This is her personal journey with Tampere Toastmasters

“I joined Tampere Toastmasters in April 2014 mainly for practising speaking on other than technical topics, and also for conquering my shyness and being able to talk about myself.

My role is currently threefold: I have the sergeant at arms role to ensure about the practicalities of the meeting. I have the past president role where I offer guidance when needed to the current club officers. And I am also the club growth director for district 108 to which our club belongs. All in all, what I like the most is meeting new people who want to develop themselves, and from whom I can learn new, useful things.

I remember the second time I gave my introductory speech, the icebreaker. It was part of a new pathway and a moment to reflect on how much I grew as a person while being with the Toastmasters club. It felt very personal, and I received amazing feedback from the audience.

With the support of Toastmasters, I developed my communication skills (including written communication), listening skills and evaluation skills. Besides, and this is not something that I had in mind when I joined, I also learned and practised leadership skills. Recently I started a project on mentoring and networking, and I have learned a lot about how to interact with users, form and lead a team. By doing this, I learned about myself what kind of leader I am and how I tend to interact with people.

I love Table Topics as with every meeting, you get to hear a new perspective. Some of the topics are a profound invitation to reflection while others are eye-opening, fun and relaxing.

Toastmasters is an opportunity for learning and developing, for building self-esteem, for growing. Behind these words and skills, there is a community. A community of people who want to learn and to have fun. A community of people whose energy gives you wings.”

— Written by Andruta Illie

📷: Andruta Ilie