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@MikeBenkovich 03/09/2021

Announcing Speechcraft Workshop - May 17

TechMasters - A Toastmasters chapter run by IT professionals in the Twin Cities - is hosting a 4 week Speechcraft workshop to get your public speaking, communication, leadership and other soft skills off the ground. Tuesday mornings online at 7:45 am CST. 

  • Trainers are experienced Toastmasters who frequently speak at events
  • All IT professionals - we speak your language
  • Communicate better with coworkers
  • Improve leadership skills
  • Gain confidence
  • Prepare for public speaking

Hello World!

@TM 03/09/2021

Fall Speech Contest Results

Posted 8/31/2017 by TM
This years Fall Speech Contest theme was Humorous Speeches.  There were two categories, full length (5-7 minute) speech and table topics response (1-2 minutes).
Join me in congratulating our winners:

  • Full Speech Winner : Marie Fromme
  • Table Topics Winner: Vince Bullinger

React workshop Saturday August 19

Posted 8/15/2017 by TM
Today at TechMasters, we had a special guest stop by. Jhankar Mahbub and Vince met at ThatConference a couple years ago. He's a very accomplished speaker in the Chicago area.  

He will be giving a comprehensive workshop on React. You can learn about it here:

Very low-cost event on Saturday August 19 at Coffman Memorial Hall at the University of Minnesota, 300 Washington Avenue SE, Memorial Union Room 301 in Minneapolis.

Congratulations to Marie Fromme on completing CCM requirements

Posted 7/27/2017 by TM
Congratulations to Marie Fromme on completing all 10 required speeches to and completing the competent communicator manual.   Her last speech was "the entertaining speech" and it was an excellent performance based on high school hijinks in chemistry class.   She is now entitled to two free advanced communicator manuals and a letter of accomplishment to her employer from Toastmasters.

TechMasters Blog

Posted 7/20/2017 by TM
Twin Cities TechMasters 2017 Executive Committee.
From left to right:

  • President:  Mike Benkovich
  • VP of Membership: Marie Fromm
  • VP of Public Relations: Joel Schaubert
  • Secretary: Eric Vollbrecht
  • Treasurer: Mohammad Faridi
  • VP of Education: Vince Bullinger
Not in picture:
  • Sergent At Arms: Brette Easterbrooks
  • Immediate Past President: William Austin

TechMasters Captures the Elusive Guilded Gavel

Posted 2/18/2016 by TM

This morning, club President Vince Bullinger, Vice President of Membership Mike Benkovich (and his daughter) and Treasurer Brette Esterbrooks visited the Crest Toastmasters club in Eden Prairie. It is an advanced club filled with past district leaders that focus on improving Toastmasters clubs in the area.

This was a great opportunity to not only get the Elusive Gilded Gavel (EGG), but also to connect with advanced Toastmasters and see how they run a meeting. We promoted our upcoming TechMasters After Dark event as well, and passed out a handful of copies of our flyer for the event.

Now, other clubs will be visiting our club to not only see what we do well, but see if they can offer suggestions on how to improve. Also, we may snag members or dual members of other clubs if they like the way we run things or if they are technology-focused in their careers (as we are). Plus, we may end up in the district newsletter and on the EGG website.

Visiting other clubs is always a great idea, but advanced clubs like this one are a special treat.


Announcing TechMasters After Dark: Parliamentary Procedure in Action

Posted 2/2/2016 by TM


TechMasters – a Toastmasters chapter run by IT professionals in the Twin Cities – is hosting a Parliamentary Procedure in Action workshop. Tuesday, February 23rd at 6pm at ILM in Edina. Doors open at 5:30pm for networking and light food/refreshments. The workshop will be led by Mike Benkovich. With over twenty years of experience in Toastmasters, Mike has the knowledge and expertise to guide you through the process.

Be Heard. Don’t Miss the Motion. Dive into Parliamentary Procedure

When groups of people come together to get things done, we need a way to conduct business that follows established rules and help keep us on track. Since General Henry Robert introduced his rules of order in 1876, organizations have adopted its guidelines to give members and participants a way to be heard. In this hands on workshop, we start with getting a grounding on what the rules are and how they work. Then, we dive deeper to give participants an opportunity to demonstrate how to put them into practice. Join us for the Parliamentary Procedure in Action workshop.

RSVP to our EventBrite page:

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New Leadership Team!

Posted 7/14/2015 by TM

This past week, a new leadership team was announced! You can always see the latest leadership team at:

The leadership team is made up of club members (volunteers) who run the business of the club. Officer terms run from July through June to match the Toastmaster International fiscal year

2015-2016 Leadership Team

President: Vince Bullinger
VP of Education: Alex Karamushko
VP of Membership: Mike Benkovich
VP of Public Relations: Clea Levinson
Secretary: William Austin
Treasurer: Brette Esterbrooks
Sergeant of Arms: Mohammad Faridi
Immediate Past President: Alex Karamushko

We have a lot of exciting new ideas into which we’re really going to be diving very soon. We’re looking to make this the most exciting and dynamic year in TechMasters history. Stay tuned! We’re going to be much more active in the social networking space and look to dramatically increase membership!

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Did you know…

Posted 4/12/2014 by TM

Did you know that visitors are always welcome at TechMasters.    In the Edina location some members arrive around 7:30 AM and the meeting starts promptly at 7:40 AM.  Visitors are still welcome to come after the meeting has started.  We break around 8:15 and finish at 9:00, so we have a chance to welcome you even if you arrive after the meeting starts.     Please stop over, sign our guest book and fellow members will be happy to talk with you about TechMasters.  The full schedule for the Edina location can be found here.


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