The Toastmasters program exposes each participant to a range of communication experiences.
Toastmasters give you the chance to
practice your speaking skills in a friendly and non-threatening environment. With the support and encouragement of new friends
from others who want to see you succeed too, public speaking can be fun!
Regular meetings are conducted in a
formal business meeting style. By taking on roles such as Chairman, General Evaluator, Toastmaster of the Evening, Table Topics
Master, etc., one can learn how to prepare toasts, how to make introductions, and how to conduct and participate in professional
meetings. There are roles in every meeting that you may take part. Each role provides you with a different challenge and a
In the meeting, during the Table Topic
session, members learn to think on their feet by delivering short impromptu speeches, lasting one to two minutes.
Each new Toastmaster receives a new
Member Kit from the Toastmasters International Headquarters, which features a copy of the basic Communication and Leadership
manual, general orientation materials, and information regarding skill improvement in the areas such as speech preparation,
evaluation, and the use of voice and gestures.
Speeches are prepared as outlined in
the basic Communication and Leadership program manual, and are designed with the new Toastmaster in mind, and gradually introduce
you to master new skills.
A variety of assigned speeches help
you develop competency in areas such as speech writing, voice control and persuasiveness.
After giving a prepared speech, each
Toastmaster receives a constructive speech evaluation. The process recognizes speeches for their strengths and provides valuable
insight into areas for improvement.
completion of the 10 exercises in the Communication and Leadership program manual, the Toastmaster will earn the first designation
as a Competent Communicator (CC). The next level is the Advanced Communication and Leadership program.
Besides taking turns delivering prepared
speeches and evaluating those of other members, Toastmasters can help you to develop listening skills, help you learn how
to conduct meetings, and give you a chance to practice parliamentary procedure.
Each Toastmaster is assigned a mentor,
a more experienced Toastmaster who can give them valuable advice, and feedback on speeches and their speaking goals.
· When finished with the basic speech manual, members can select from among 15 advanced programs to develop
speaking skills 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, Persuasive Speaking,
Technical Presentations, Communicating on Television, Storytelling, Interpretive Reading, Interpersonal Communication, Special
Occasion Speeches, and Humorously Speaking.