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|What is Toastmasters?
Toastmasters : The guaranteed way to become a better speaker
Most people would rather die than give a speech, according to a survey reported in The Book of Lists. Fear of public speaking outranked the fear of death by a two-to-one margin!
Unrealistic as this may seem, the fact remains that while many people lack the training and stamina to effectively deliver a clear thought, today's fast-paced, technological world is in desperate need of good communicators and leaders. The person with strong communication skills has a clear advantage over tongue-tied colleagues - especially in a competitive job market.
Toastmasters International, a non-profit educational organization, has been working for more than 70 years to provide for this need and help people conquer their pre-speech jitters. From one club started at the YMCA in Santa Ana, California, Toastmasters has grown to become the world's largest organization devoted to developing people's public and interpersonal communication skills.
Since that first club was organized by Dr. Ralph C. Smedley in October 1924, nearly three million men and women have enjoyed the benefits of Toastmasters membership. The organization now has more than 170,000 members in 8,800 Toastmasters clubs in 69 countries.
Gain Speaking Experience that
Relates to Specific Career Needs
A Toastmasters club is a "learn-by-doing" workshop in which men and women hone their skills in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere. A typical club has 20 to 40 members, who meet weekly or biweekly to learn and practice public speaking techniques. The average club meeting lasts approximately one hour.
Upon joining a Toastmasters club, members progress through a series of 10 speaking
assignments designed to instill a basic foundation in public speaking.
|When finished with the basic speech manual, members can select from among 15 advanced programs that are geared to specific career needs. They are: Public Relations, Specialty Speeches, The Entertaining Speaker, Speaking to Inform, The Discussion Leader, Speeches by Management, The Professional Speaker, The Professional Salesperson, Technical Presentations, Communicating on Television, Storytelling, Interpretive Reading, Interpersonal Communication, Special|
|Occasion Speeches and Humorously Speaking.
Members also have the opportunity to develop and practice leadership skills by working in
the High Performance Leadership Program.
There is no instructor in a Toastmasters club. Instead, members evaluate one another's oral presentations. This evaluation process is an integral component of the overall educational program. Besides taking turns delivering prepared speeches and evaluating those of other members, Toastmasters give impromptu talks on assigned topics, usually related to current events. They also develop listening skills, conduct meetings, learn parliamentary procedure, and gain leadership experience by serving as club officers.
The effectiveness of this simple learning formula is evidenced by the thousands of corporations that sponsor in-house Toastmasters clubs. These clubs serve as communication training workshops for employees. Every year, more and more business and government organizations are discovering that Toastmasters is the most effective, cost-efficient means of satisfying their communication training needs.
Toastmasters clubs can be found in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives, as well as in a variety of community organizations, prisons, universities, hospitals, military bases and churches.
Toastmasters also promote effective communication in their communities by conducting the following types of programs:
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Last updated: 08/11/2001