March 28th Meeting was Great – Lots of Guests and the World Champion of Public Speaking in the House

The March 28th meeting of Voyagers Toastmasters was truly outstanding.  Darren LaCroix, 2001 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking, was at the club and provided an insightful, in-depth evaluation of Mark Epstein’s award winning speech. In addition, we had FIVE five guests and 4 kids visiting as well! Pretty cool.

So who won what?

Mark Epstein took home the Best Speaker award. Diana Bergman got the best evaluator ribbon, Kristen Andreason won Most Improved and Jane Flaharty and Ly Bernal shared the award for Best Table Topics.  Yippee!

San Diego’s Voyagers Toastmasters Features Darren LaCroix

Meet the World Champion of Public Speaking


Darren LaCroix, 2001 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking, will be at Voyagers,

Darren LaCroix, 2001 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking, will be at Voyagers, one of the most dynamic and most experienced Toastmaster Clubs in San Diego County on Thursday, March 28th at 7:00am PDT.

This is your chance to meet Darren and find out a little of what it takes to become a World Champion speaker. In addition, you will have a chance to hear Mark Epstein as he delivers his local award winning contest speech… then be “evaluated” by Darren… helping him improve on his journey to the world title in August.

In 2001, Darren LaCroix, out-spoke 25,000 contestants from 14 countries to win that title. That 5-7 minute speech was just a benchmark. Since that victory, Darren has traveled the globe demystifying the process of creating a powerful speech. He has roused audiences in faraway places like Saudi Arabia, China, Oman, Malaysia, and Taiwan with his inspirational journey from first-rate chump to first-class champ, proving anything is possible if you are willing to work for it.

Darren is known as the person who helps speakers launch their careers in professional speaking. His trademarked program Get Paid to Speak by Next Week® has helped many speakers launch their very first checks. He also supports speakers doing business coaching through his internet program, Get Paid to Speak TV.

More about Darren LaCroix at

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Voyagers Toastmasters improves your business communication, networking and leadership skills!

Voyagers Club #5315-5 is an active and dynamic Toastmasters International Club with a long tradition of excellence, professionalism, and enthusiasm. Over the 27 years of the club’s existence, members have grown into poised speakers, superior leaders, proficient managers and acclaimed authors. Club membership is diverse, including a mix of entrepreneurs, business leaders, consultants, students, retirees, educators, etc.

Guests are always welcome to attend and participate. To learn more about Voyagers and the Toastmasters organization, please visit or at Facebook –

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Thursday Mornings
7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
2461 San Diego Avenue  – Café Coyote Meeting Room, ground level.
San Diego, CA 92110
Free parking underground.

San Diego’s Voyagers Toastmasters Launches the Executive Speech Evaluation Program

Business people and entrepreneurs can improve their presentation and business communication & leadership skills – without charge

Today, Voyagers Toastmasters, one of the most dynamic and most experienced Toastmaster Clubs in San Diego, announces the new and innovative Executive Speech Evaluation program which makes it easy for business and organization professionals and leaders to participate in the Toastmaster program.

Toastmasters is not just about improving public speaking skills – it is also about improving business leadership, communication, networking and meeting management skills.

The San Diego Voyagers Club, based in Old Town, near to Mission Valley, UTC, beaches and downtown, is inviting local business and organizational leaders to have a “Taste of Toastmasters”.


They are invited to come in and practice their business presentation, their pitch for funding, their motivational speech for their staff and members, etc. In addition, they will have the opportunity to have their 6 to 10 minute presentation reviewed by a team of experienced Toastmaster evaluators.


This is a great opportunity for organization leaders who need a little polish on their presentations. For managers who recognize that someone on their team needs some help, this is the training program that they have been waiting for. This is a wonderful opportunity for entrepreneurs to sharpen their pitch. Voyagers can provide a professional, outsider look at a speech and provide valuable suggestions to ensure successful communications.


For more information about the Executive Speech Evaluation program and/or to sign up for one of these limited availabilities, please contact Mark Shapiro at 619 249 7742 or at

San Diego’s Voyagers Toastmasters Launches the Executive Speech Evaluation

Mark Epstein Wins Area 12 International Speech Contest

Mark Epstein, long time member and recent President of Voyagers Toastmasters– one of San Diego’s most dynamic and experienced Toastmaster Cubs, was crowned the winner of the Area 12 Toastmaster International Speech Contest that was held March 16, 2013.

It was a tough contest, with lots of great speeches, but Mark Epstein made Voyagers proud as his speech took first place.  His touching and poignant speech about his sister grabbed the audience’s hearts and the speech judges’ ballots. He will be representing Voyagers and Area 12 at the upcoming Southern Division contest on May 5, 2013 to be held at Solar Turbines, downtown San Diego.

Voyagers Selects Mark Epstein to Represent Club at District 12 International Speech Contest

If you were not at the Voyagers Club on March 7, you missed an exciting meeting. We had our highly competitive International Speech Contest and the Table Topics Contest. After the dust settled, Mark Epstein took home the honors for Best Speech with his touching and poignant speech about his sister and Mark Shapiro captured the Table Topics by talking about being follicle challenged. Mark Imhoff was the runner up for the International Speech contest and Kimberly Lundberg came in second in the Table Topics contest.

All four will be representing the club at the upcoming District 12 contest on March 23. 2013