Virtual? Onsite? – It is HYBRID!

Every first and third Wednesday (and if the month has 5 weeks – also on the fifth Wednesday) Munich Prostmasters club meets to have fun, learn and grow together!

During the last year, pandemic, we would meet comfortably in the front of the web camera on the Zoom call – people would join from across the globe! Since July 2021 we finally got a chance to meet in person – with limited participants and under current Corona rules – to keep everyone safe. And while we all have been exceptionally happy to finally meet after a year of virtual meetings – Munich Prostmasters club has decided to keep Zoom calls as well and run our meetings in Hybrid form!

July 21st has been our second hybrid meeting – and it was simple UNIQUE, as every single Prostmasters meeting is! Technology meets people – that could have been the motto of the evening. Numerous webcams guaranteed exceptional image quality, PCs, tablet, beamer, microphone, high speed internet – combined with highly dedicated officer team – this is the recipe of success!

Our members and guests have joined in the Freiraum center, and online – dialing in from New Jersey, Frankfurt and Munich. As we all learned to conduct the effective online meetings we are now stepping up to the next challenge – run effective meetings in hybrid mode interacting with both online and offline audience!

The evening was truly inspiring, as was the World of the Day, introduced by Navin. The one who uses the word “INSPIRING” most of the times throughout the meeting will be the winner. Yet why is the winner the one who gets to pay for a beer for everyone once we meet for the dinner?

Christopher, The Joke of The Evening Master,  ZOOMing in from New Jersey brought us a joke highlighting that perhaps “phenomenal eyesight as that of 20-years old” is not enough to do good when the good memory is missing. Good start, and also a timely reminder for the blogger to open up the PC and start taking notes!

With Mel Kelly as Toastmaster of the Evening we have enjoyed 1.5 hours full of fun, laughter and international humor – best of Irish man in the heart of Munich. 

Haiyi brought us very thoughtful table topics, closely aligned with what concerns us recently. We had Ineke, Martin, Craig and Oscar speaking about the climate change, the doom and gloom feeling, our responsivity and the ability of the society as whole to pull together and make incredible changes.

Francesca opened the prepared speech section with the “Jenga slicing”. It has been colorful and brilliant, a Jenga Tower serving as visual metaphor for a working day. Francesca inspired us all to step back and win perspective, while slicing the problems until they get smaller and more manageable. 

Francesca – “Jenga Slicing”

Fabio with the speech “Watch what you’re doing” thought us how to focus and make life easier. The Kolbe A test, time boxing (meditating, journaling, walking, playing instrument, playing chess and coming here to give the speech…how to squizze it all in?), no “To Do Lists”, rather Focusmate app. Tech meets Italian passion – and last resort being “go to mama and get a hug”

Fabio: “Watch what you’re doing”

Isil (really Isil – we missed you, how nice to have you back!) took it as General evaluator and perfectly nailed down the main challenge our Hybrid meetings have: keeping the eye contact with the onsite audience and with online participants. Yeah, we got to work on it!

Amazing set of evaluators: Ineke, Ron, the AH-Counter Martin (who calls all those “ahms, and “umhs” the rhetorical prosthetics) and last but not least – our GUEST Carolin who took a role of TIMER of the evening. Indeed, timing people in Prostmasters is a challenge, timing Ineke, a DTM (stands for Distinguished Toastmaster) – in Inekes words, “Do not Time Me” is a double challenge!

Finally we all celebrated Rish who recently became a DTM as well! In Rish’es words: “it Takes a Village To Grow Someone” – we could say – “It Takes A Prostmasters Club to Grow DTMs”! Well done Rish and all Prostmasters members!

New DTM: Rish!

Munich Prostmasters is meeting on August 4th – will you join us online or onsite? Whatever you choose – we are committed to make it an equally positive, unique, impactful and inspiring experience!


Prostmasters: Special offer!!! Pay now!!!

Dear member of Prostmasters club, 

An exciting term for our club is coming to an end. Many of you would have expected that by ending this term we could just smoothly progress into a new one. This would have been an easy solution. However, Postmasters would not be Prostmasters and your incredible officers team would not be an incredible officers team if it had not prepared something extraordinary and truly exciting. At first we just thought of small improvements that could be done to our club. But we did not rest until we totally reinvented everything. After all the turmoil and hardship of this year we truly felt that accepting the status quo was not an option. And so we created something completely fabulous and innovative. For the first time in the history of Prostmasters we do now present a list of incredible new attributes attached to our club’s name; a list, that is so long and feature-rich that like no list created before:

  • Valid until early 2021
  • Almost carbon neutral
  • Zero calories, no added sugars or fatty acids
  • No harm done to animals and wildlife
  • Truly revolutionary

Just months ago, few people would have believed that we would succeed. But now comes the best: You can be part of it too! Just continue to select your reward and proceed through the payment.

First, choose your reward carefully. This is a special offer only for you:

EARLY BIRD single membership (49% OFF)

  • Membership for one adult
  • 6 month included
  • ONLY 40.-

PARTNER membership (49% OFF)

  • Membership for two adults
  • 6 month included
  • ONLY 80.-


  • Membership for two adults, three kids and one pet
  • 12 month membership
  • Extra speaking slot (after official meeting ends)
  • Free voucher to have “club idiot” tattooed on your forearm
  • ONLY 1000.-

Now, please proceed to the payment and make a bank transfer to the following account. (Don’t forget to add your requested reward to the subject line)

Account holder: Stefan Dirnstorfer

IBAN: DE49 1203 0000 1055 4853 51

Congratulation! You are now officially entitled to pride yourself with the continued membership in our Prostmasters club. What an amazing time to be alive.

With best wishes from your treasurer,


PS: …. Waiting for your cash ….Stefan Dirnstorfer


See and Tell

See and Tell

Your Powers Are Needed.

Your existence is vital.

You have the power to change lives.

I know it because my life was changed many times by people like you.

These people saw me, told me and changed me.

“Who am I?” I had never needed to ask this question to myself until the day I graduated from university. Until that day, I followed a path that was set for me. I studied, I fulfilled all the requirements for the next step, and the next step, and the next. Until that day, when there were no longer any directions. Now I needed to make choices. What would my work be? What would make me happy? Who was I?

I got my first job before I could answer these questions. It was awful. I couldn’t breathe. I fell into a depression. The next time, I made a better choice. Third time was an even better one, but soon that also lost its meaning.  What else could I do? What would work for me? What was I really good at? I couldn’t come up with anything else than what I had done so far. What I had done so far only brought me that far…

So I asked my friends. They told me I always had high energy. I always created a friendly atmosphere. People enjoyed listening to me. I would approach people easily. They could picture me working in HR, as a lecturer in a university or a customer service representative.

What they told me brought up an old memory. Years ago I had worked with a coach and during one of our coaching sessions I had said to myself “You know what, I could do this and I could do this really well.” Somehow I had forgotten that. The acknowledgement of my strengths by my friends rekindled this fire.  I put myself on the path of coaching. I got trained as a coach, achieved my coaching credentials and started my coaching business.

They saw me, they told me, and they changed me.

Years later I was chatting with Mihaela, who I had recently met through our joint connections and got very close quickly, when she told me every time she was talking with me she felt inspired.  The questions I asked, my observations and thoughts energized her. “You should create a podcast” she said.  “What?” I responded.  How could I do that? I had no idea how to put together a podcast and what would I talk about? I doubted I could do it but she put the seed in my head. In the following weeks, through synchronicity or maybe selective perception, I got an email from Seth Godin about the newest workshop he was running about podcasting. I joined the course and launched my podcast before the workshop was over.

I owe my podcast to the acknowledgement of my strengths by my friend Mihaela.

She saw me, she told me, and she changed me.

After changing my career direction to coaching I had also started offering training. I was able to deliver my message and moderate the discussions but it was difficult to stand on stage and speak. I decided to take action and joined Toastmasters. I practiced speaking often, relaxed into my excitement on stage and started enjoying it. But the biggest gifts I got from Toastmasters were not about developing my speaking skills, they were about understanding who I was.

My first gift came after one of my speeches when my dedicated evaluator Darya added to her feedback an acknowledgement: “I love listening to you. You have such a beautiful voice.”  What a surprise was that for me! My earliest memory about my voice was my father telling me I sounded funny. The recordings on tape confirmed that. I always talked with this “knowledge” that I had a funny voice, I was never outspoken, never loud. After Darya’s acknowledgement a new world opened to me. I started enjoying my voice. I got more confident speaking on my podcast and with others in conversations and voiced my thoughts in meetings.

I received the second gift after another speech I gave. Stefan, a fellow Toastmaster told me I had lots of different face expressions when I was telling a sad story but only one expression when I was talking about something happy. That had never occurred to me! There was no way I could see this in myself. But after reflection, I understood that it was true. I actually valued sadness more and therefore had varieties of face expressions for it whereas happiness was a fast, simple, quick thing, a passage between sad stories. That hit me! I did not want my life to be sadness-dominated. I started intentionally noticing the happy moments, creating more of these moments and worked on lightening up quickly when something disappointing or difficult happened. I picked up meditating and my life changed completely.

Darya acknowledged my strength, Stefan mirrored me back my expressions.

They saw me, they told me, and they changed me. 

The stories I told you were stories of how some people changed my life.

I knew only a portion of who I was and sometimes I knew it wrong! They enriched my view with what they saw in me. They helped me see a stronger version of myself, which enabled me to make big changes in my life.

You have this enormous power of changing people’s lives! All you need is to really see the people you are with and tell them. Tell them what skills you see in them that touch you, that inspire you, that make a difference. Acknowledge them. Tell it to your team members, your managers, your peers, your friends, and your family members. See them and tell them. You will change them.

About Isil Uysal Calvelli, ACC

Speaker, Coach, ACC

Isil Uysal Calvelli helps people align who they are with what they do, so they can be fully themselves and make their unique contributions in this world. She does that through coaching, speaking and writing. She is the host of Unique Careers, Unique Lives Podcast and co-founder of BeCoach Academy. She holds an ACC (Associate Certified Coach) credential from the International Coach Federation.

You can learn more about Isil on her website

You can connect with Isil on LinkedIn

You can listen to Isil’s podcast on or on any platform where podcasts are downloaded.  If you haven’t yet, listen to the episode where Isil interviewed GHI President and Founder Mirella de Civita.


Sergeant-at-Arms | Ron Fiedler | 2020-21

Sergeant-at-Arms | Ron Fiedler | 2020-21

What brought you to Toastmasters?
To improve my communication skills, my current skills were not enough to go where I want to be. You can have all the knowledge there is, but it’s nothing without the actual experience to back it up. I don´t know a better place than Toastmasters to try things out, getting feedback and all of it in a light demeanor.

What keeps you in Toastmasters?
Vibe, personal stories, getting even better.

What would you like to do as an officer for the club this year?
Just keep it going, clean and organized. Let guests feel welcomed when we go back to offline.

What Pathways are you working on?

Dynamic Leadership – Level 3


President | Irina Prjadeha | 2020-21

President | Irina Prjadeha | 2020-21

What brought you to Toastmasters?
Job interview after I graduated from University. During the assessment center one of the recruiters mentioned Toastmasters and I got very curious about it. I have been with Toastmasters since that very year – majority of the time with Munich Prostmasters, but also with ReDensburger Toastmasters Club while I lived in Regensburg, and even during my assignment in USA I have been visiting Toastmasters regularly!

What keeps you in Toastmasters?
I am constantly looking for new challenges and opportunities of further growth and development and Toastmasters were able to provide these opportunities at any time. I am passionate about public speaking and impact that speaker creates on people – inspire, motivate and empower.  Professionally part of my job is to facilitate trainings, present at various conferences in Europe, North America and Asia and speak in front of executives – all of it has benefitted from Toastmasters training.

What would you like to do as an officer for the club this year?
I am a president of one of the best Toastmasters club worldwide – which I am exceptionally proud of! Together with my leadership team I will be working on sustaining the mission of our club and celebrating the power of our inspiring, inclusive and supportive community!

What Pathways are you working on?

Dynamic Leadership – Level 4


VP Education | 2020-21 | Darya Juric

VP Education | 2020-21 | Darya Juric

What brought you to Toastmasters?

I came to toastmasters 10 years ago for the first time because I simply wanted to improve my speaking skills and overcome my painful shyness. Very quickly I discovered that Toastmasters offer so much more. 

What keeps you in Toastmasters?

Wonderful people who help me discover my strength and be my better self. And of course, Toastmasters philosophy and educational program. 

What would you like to do as an officer for the club this year?

I would like understand better the educational goals of each member, so that I can help find suitable pathways and mentors, schedule the speeches and other club meeting roles.


Corona and Online meetings

Corona and Online meetings

Corona hit and the Munich Prostmasters switched seamlessly to online meetings.

Since March we have had online meetings.

You can find a link to the online meeting in EasySpeak at

Not only our club but clubs worldwide have switched to online meetings till things are clearer in having physical meetings.

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Prostmasters father Christopher Magyar

Honorary member and club founder Christopher Magyar


Long time ago one wise man decided to found a Toastmasters club in Munich, Germany. He didn’t just plant and grow up a club but created a beautiful and open-minded community. The name of that wise man is Christopher Magyar, our honorary member and club father. 

Here are few testimonials from our senior members who had a pleasure to meet and enjoy Prostmasters meetings with Christopher.

From the first day I first joined Toastmasters in Munich till he went home to the USA, Christopher was a role model.

I learned so much from listening to him on stage, talking to him personally, and sometimes over beers.

He was a constant source of knowledge and encouragement to me for all the time he was in Prostmasters.” – Mel Kelly

“I would like to add to that some of the value that he brought to Toastmasters, in Munich and in Europe:

– together with Denise he was instrumental in getting D59 – the first continental Europe district – founded. They did all the prep work (together with the Petillots in Paris – but that’s leading too far) to create a provisional district and then to get districted. 

– he was involved in the creation of quite some clubs in and around Munich – not least of all the founding of Munich Prostmasters

– nobody knows how many people he has mentored over the course of the years, but everyone agrees they don’t want to feed them.

– he has delivered countless workshops on leadership, on creating clubs, on humor, on impromptu speaking… He trained people from all 6 continents as they were passing through Munich.

– he and Denise also created the first (analog) newsletter for Prostmasters – which was called “the ProstPost”” – Ineke Vermeulen

When I think of Christopher, a few words come to my mind:

– the quiet force

– the listening leader 

– leading by example 

– focused and driven 

– the constant gardener 

He is extraordinarily knowledgeable in many fields and had the intrinsic drive to hone a new skill during his adult life (the piano) by committing to practice every day and becoming so proficient he performed on stage in concerts. He once committed to practice 1h /day, in 15min chunks if necessary, and he is proof that a little bit, regularly, goes a long way. 

I admire his eternal positivity, his enthusiasm for toastmasters and all the time and devotion he brought to creating such a multitude of quality clubs in and around Munich. ” – Mikaela Gallon

He came,

He saw,

….He built.

The mark of the man. Be it the way he dressed, the words he chose or the various institutions he founded.

Minimalist yet essential!
I knew him as a person who sometimes whispered a single sentence as feedback after I’d been on the stage. Those sentences have weathered the ravages of the years and I still remember and value them.

A talker of the walk

    A walker of the talk

He believed in what he was doing and lived it. Being present at almost all meetings – at the various clubs he was a member in – Christopher had a soft presence. Ask and you would receive …. generously. And if you would casually walk by, not knowing who he was, he was also okay with that.

A Charmer!

A master of various languages he used the skill to much advantage…. 😉

I got to know Christopher more than a few years after he had started our club. So I didn’t see the man who had formed the club – but I saw a man who, after all he had achieved, was willing to sit by the side and let others shine. He took pride in seeing and encouraging the success of others. And he was courageous enough not to rush in when things that were not working out too well. He understood enough to let stumbles happen – knowing that growth was not a straight line. He truly believed that a positive attitude and positive feedback went a long way in bringing out the best in people and institutions.

And given all that he has achieved …… who can argue 🙂” – Kumar Barua


20th Anniversary Celebration

Save the date and book your seat!

It’s time to celebrate!

Dear Prostmasters,

Have you heard the rumours…?

Our club is turning 20 this year!

To mark this momentous occasion, we are throwing a big anniversary party.

We will celebrate in true Prostmasters style with an evening full of fun, games and of course speeches!

Join us in saying Prost to Prostmasters?

Date: 17 May 2019

Time: 18:00 – 23:30

Location: Paulaner Brauhaus, Kapuzinerplatz 5

Book your ticket now at the link below to secure your seat and get a free welcome drink upon arrival.

We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

The Prostmasters 20th Anniversary Celebration Committee

Mikaela, Elizabeth, Oleksander and Oscar

Book your ticket now! (Limited availability)


Where is the data?

Google Drive


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Club officers have access to member data in Google Drive, Easyspeak and Toastmasters International.

Club members have access to Easyspeak and Toastmasters International.

Current and past club members using LinkedIn/Facebook and who sign up actively

Anybody using YouTube

How it is used?

Google Drive is used to save membership applications.

Easyspeak is used to schedule meetings and inform members of club related activities.

Toastmasters International is used for saving address details (for magazine), payment status and Pathways access.

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