We do raise toasts but we don’t make toasters …
Toastmasters are a gang of people who meet regularly to help each other become better communicators and leaders by doing lots of different educating and social activities and having fun all along. Our meetings and events are essentially built around public speaking practice – speeches, presentations, workshops. There is no guru or instructor. We have got something better – the unique practical ‘learn by doing’ Toastmasters educational program. Everything you need to know about communication and leadership in a nutshell, and pretty edible, too. Our members are people of different skills and expertise and assets and share those with fellow club mates. We learn by taking roles and getting involved in club activities. We support each other in achieving individual goals at individual pace. Evaluation at Toastmasters is a positive, helping act and is to build fellow members up. Toastmasters clubs are a great networking and social interaction opportunity.
Public speaking causes insomnia and panic attacks?
Toastmasters is the perfect cure.
Fellow members will take you through the unique public speaking educational program offering support and constructive evaluation. You’ll feel comfortable:
- you set the pace
- you choose things to talk about
- you choose most of the projects to work on.
Rome wasn’t built in a day. Regular Toastmasters meetings will give you the chance to practise your communication and leadership skills systematically and gradually build your public-speaking expertise.
A typical Toastmaster meeting will consist of:
- debates and warm ups
- Table Topics – speaking without preparation or, as we like to say, thinking and speaking ‘on your feet’
- prepared speeches or workshops
A less typical meeting will include speech contests, special occasion and social activities, educational games, etc.
The participants practise communication and leadership by taking different roles – the host of the meeting, speaker, evaluator (of a speech, fluency, voice emission, etc.).
Evaluation is a positive, helping act. As conscientious Toastmasters, our goal must be to help fellow Toastmasters develop their skills. Evaluation is a positive experience designed to help people overcome weak habits and add power to good ones.
Everything You Need To Know To Become a Competent Communicator and Leader
The heart of Toastmasters is the educational program. Imagine a great part of world’s knowledge about communication and leadership skills in a nutshell. That’s the Toastmasters Educational Program. It is a unique collection of time-tested projects, each teaching you specific skills one step at a time. All projects include evaluation guides, which give club members an easy way to provide you with immediate feedback after you have completed the project to help you improve.
The Toastmasters Educational Program consists of two tracks: communication and leadership. You can start both tracks the moment you join the club.
On the Communication Track
From rhetoric basics:
selecting a topic, opening, organizing and concluding your speech, specifying the objectives of the speech, getting to know your audience, using proper language, learning to control body language and to use vocal variety,
you move on to more advanced skills:
researching your topic, using visuals, learning to persuade and inspire,
and then to specific theme and career-oriented manuals:
The Entertaining Speaker
Speaking to Inform
Speeches by Management
The Professional Speaker
Communicating on Television
Special Occasion Speeches
On the Leadership Track
At the same time you may proceed along the leadership track, starting from:
listening and leadership, critical thinking, giving feedback, time management, planning and implementation, organizing and delegating, developing your facilitation skills, motivating people, mentoring, team building,
then to master advanced skills:
taming stress, the great art of evaluation and motivation, delegating to empower, coaching, resolving conflict, management skills, parliamentary procedures and other,
and in the High Performance Leadership Program:
becoming a visionary, developing a mission, setting and planning goals.