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Toastmaster & Author Paul Dubal

PaulDubalAuthorWho Knew?  That here in our membership at Glen Abbey Toastmasters (GATM) is a budding Author with not one, but two books published to date.

That’s right, Paul Dubal, Author of “Crimes against Humanity” and most recently “The Dictator of Britain”, resident of Oakville, and a member of GATM. Paul was recently featured in an article in the Oakville Beaver.

Paul has been a member of GATM since October 2012 and is our current VP of Membership. We interviewed him recently to ask how Toastmasters has helped him as an Author both professionally and personally.

Toastmasters has helped me in so many ways. One of the biggest challenges for an author is to seek an audience for their work and this means a degree of self-promotion. Today this is often carried out in the social media sphere but more often than not means being able to talk about the books.

Gave Me Confidence

I found that the skills I acquired at Toastmasters have been extraordinarily useful in a number of situations. For example when I was conducting a book signing at Chapters, I needed to have the confidence to approach people and ask them if they would like to buy my book. I fully understand that for a customer, buying a book for $20 from a first time author is a risk.  I was able to put my ideas together and provide an eloquent and articulate 'sales pitch' about the book.  I was also able to explain why they would enjoy reading it, which convinced many people to decide to buy.

Put My Ideas In Order

I think it has also helped in social situations when people have asked me what my books are about.  I could spend several hours telling them everything about my books but I suspect they would have fallen asleep or made their excuses and left. The discipline acquired from Toastmasters is that I can put my ideas in order on the spot and provide a summary and key highlights of the book that is short and punchy.  It also gives enough information to generate enough interest for the person to check out the book. That skill is surprisingly difficult to attain, and Toastmasters has been invaluable in that regard.

Enjoy Speaking

Finally, I hope to promote my books further in a number of ways - to do more online / newspaper (and hopefully radio) interviews. The recent interview I did for the Oakville Beaver received a lot of attention so that will be a good model to follow. I would also like to present at book clubs and other places to promote my work.  Toastmasters has given me the confidence to get up in front of any type of audience and speak fluently and confidently and above all, enjoy the experience!!

Paul’s books are available to order in hardback, paperback and in all e-book formats through his website www.paulmichaeldubal.com and at most online bookstores.

Paul we wish you great success in your growing career as an author.

2013 / 2014 Season Kickoff and Two Open Houses

Wow, we're starting our 22nd year as a Toastmasters Club in Oakville. It's going to be a great year, and we've set a modest goal to become the best Toastmasters Club in Canada (in the eyes of our members)

We've moved to a new location - a little further north at Holy Trinity Secondary School (near Sixth Line and River Glen).  Please join us for our Open Houses to see what happens at a Toastmasters meeting:

  • Wednesday, September 25, 2013
    7:15 pm - 9:30 pm, or
  • Wednesday, October 2, 2013
    7:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Glen Abbey Toastmasters is a great club - experienced, friendly, supportive, and lots of fun.  Here are 5 Reasons Why You Should Join Glen Abbey Toastmasters, and a few member testimonials that give you an idea of how Glen Abbey Toastmasters has impacted them.

Hope you'll find the time to come out and speak.  By the way, if you're already a great speaker - you'll get immense value at practicing in front of your peers, getting great feedback, and mentoring others who would value your experience. 

Come and visit any time

Reema Duggal, President 2013-2014
Glen Abbey Toastmasters

 

2012 Open House - Nov 14

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We would love to have you join us at our 2012 Open House.  Over 280,000 members in 13,500 clubs in 116 countries benefit from the Toastmasters program. 

So come check us out.  Here are a few things that you might like to know before you come:

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Let us know you're coming.

Email us at info@glenabbeytoastmasters.org to let us know your coming - or just drop in.

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Got questions? 

Use the same email - info@glenabbeytoastmasters.org - and give us your phone number.  We'll phone you back within 24 hours, usually sooner.

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Directions

Get full directions - meeting location, map, and parking. We look forward to seeing you!

Area 52 Oakville Toastmasters Clubs

Area 52 Oakville Toastmasters Clubs are working together to make it easier for Oakville residents to find a Toastmasters Club on a night that works for you. We've recently launched www.oakvilletoastmastersclubs.org - a one page website with links to all the clubs and the nights of the week they hold their meetings.  Check it out, and forward to a friend that might be interested.

New Season Starts September 12, 2012

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Glen Abbey Toastmasters is starting it's 21st season on September 12, 2012.  We're looking forward to welcoming back our members, and also look forward to visiting guests..

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Have questions?  please contact: 

info@glenabbeytoastmasters.org 

www.glenabbeytoastmasters.org 

Toastmasters International

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