Welcome to Toastmasters International
Since 1924, more than 4 million people around the world have become more confident speakers and leaders because of their participation in Toastmasters. Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Today, our membership is 260,000 strong. These members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 12,500-plus clubs that make up our global network of meeting locations. Membership in Toastmasters is one of the greatest investments you can make in yourself. At $27 every six months, it is also one of the most cost-effective skill-building tools available anywhere.
How Does It Work? • • •
A Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a friendly atmosphere. A typical group has 20 to 40 members who meet weekly, biweekly or monthly. A typical meeting lasts 60 – 90 minutes. There is no instructor in a Toastmasters meeting. Instead, members evaluate one another’s presentations. This feedback process is a key part of the program’s success. Meeting participants also give impromptu talks on assigned topics, conduct meetings and develop skills related to timekeeping, grammar and parliamentary procedure. Members learn communication skills by working in the Competent Communication manual, a series of 10 selfpaced speaking assignments designed to instill a basic foundation in public speaking.
Written by Administrator Saturday, 08 August 2009 12:15
“What is a Toastmasters Club? Is it a club to become a master in giving a toast ?” Astuty's Answer: Toastmasters Club belongs to Toastmasters International, a nonprofit organization
which offers a way to practice and hone communication and leadership skills. Participants practice and learn skills by taking a meeting role, ranging from giving a prepared speech or an impromptu one to serving as timer, evaluator or grammarian. Taken from the official website of Toastmasters International. For more information on Toastmasters educational program, read here. For more information on the Club's meeting, read here.
"Do I need a certain TOEFL score ?" Astuty's Answer: A basic knowledge of English and some self confidence are sufficient to join the club.
We can also help you to grow your confidence even more by giving you plenty of opportunities
"Can I join the meeting as a guest ? " Astuty's Answer: Yes. someone who can give advice about my speeches? If I can. if you get stuck in getting an idea for your speech or you want to refresh your mind. Can I deliver them randomly?” Astuty's Answer: It is better to deliver your projects in the order
as stated in the manual. Then you can enjoy watching the activities. If you want to speak up during the meeting. the
club president or his deputy will ask you to introduce yourself briefly.Dispel the Hostility . can I have a mentor. you may alternate with the projects of the other advanced manual that you have chosen ( out of the 15 advanced manuals available). just ask your club officer from the Executive committee or EXCO. For example. to act professionally by training our communication -. At the end of the meeting.The Crisis Management Speech.
“Suppose my advanced manual is “Public Relations” with 5 speech projects in this order: The Goodwill Speech . 23 November 2009 00:37
. Sometimes there is an additional session like joke session or birthday session. We aim to be professional. and public speaking skills. he/she can directly ask one of senior members to become his/her mentor. how do I choose my mentor?” Astuty's Answer: Yes. What we mean by professional here is not a profession. you can. You can visit us as an observer first. you can.The Radio Talk Show . Tip: If you still don’t know much about your Toastmasters fellows. but an
attitude. As soon as a new member is being inducted or formally accepted as a
member. you are invited to give comments on the meeting. Whoever can be a professional when he/she speaks in a good manner and with good words.
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"Is this club for "professionals" only ? " Astuty's Answer: The answer is "yes". At the opening of the meeting.
"What activities are there during a regular meeting ?" Astuty's Answer: A regular meeting is usually divided in 3 sessions :
Table topics session. prepared speech and evaluation session. you can deliver the first 2 speech projects of the manual "Public Relations " and then give the first speech project “ The Toast “ of your other manual "Special Occasion Speeches". you can volunteer to participate during the table topics or impromptu speech session.The Persuasive Approach . consult with the club officers (especially Vice President Education or VPE). leadership-.to express yourself in front of an audience and in English. However. If you had no idea who to choose.
you can begin the educational program right away. if you wish. Once you become a member. you may participate in both at the same time. which gives club members an easy way to provide immediate feedback as the project is completed.
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You progress along each track by working through a series of manuals.Educational Program
The educational program is the heart of every Toastmasters club. It provides members with a proven curriculum that develops communication and leadership skills one step at a time. with many opportunities for awards and recognition along the way. The communication and leadership tracks are not mutually exclusive. each of which offers a set of carefully crafted projects to complete.
The New Member Kit includes the following manuals to get you started in both tracks:
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Competent Communication Competent Leadership Your Speaking Voice Effective Evaluation Gestures: Your Body Speaks
Communication and leadership development
. Each project includes an evaluation guide.
Complete the CL application in the manual and ask your vice president education to submit it online to World Headquarters. Speaking and leadership skills cannot be learned in isolation. You'll receive a CL certificate and. you can work in the Advanced Communication Series manuals. Many of the manuals are career-oriented. if this is your first CC award.Communication Track
Talking on track
Members who wish to focus on communication skills begin with the Competent Communication manual that’s included in the New Member Kit. World Headquarters will send your employer a letter about your accomplishment. to get the full benefit of the Toastmasters experience. When you finish all of the projects.
Advanced Communication Series
After receiving CC recognition. which you
complete while serving in various club meeting roles. Complete the CC application in the manual and ask your vice president education to submit it online to World Headquarters. you are eligible for Competent Communicator (CC) recognition. Of course. You choose the manuals you want to complete and the skills you want to learn. two Advanced Communication Series manuals free of charge. It features 10 projects. you have to join a club!
Learn to lead with practical practice
Members working in the leadership track learn and practice leadership skills by serving in club roles. if you wish.
. each containing five speech projects. Members working in this program are eligible for Advanced Leader Bronze (ALB) and Advanced Leader Silver (ALS) recognition. Advanced Communicator Silver (ACS) and Advanced Communicator Gold (ACG) recognition. An evaluator will give you feedback on each project. they can progress to the Advanced Communication Series. where you’ll refine and enhance your speaking skills and become eligible for Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB). you are eligible for Competent Leader recognition. the Toastmasters educational program only makes sense from a club perspective.
The Competent Leadership manual is the core of the leadership track. You'll receive a CC certificate and. Once they have completed this manual. There are 15 manuals.
Advanced Leader Program
After earning the CL award you can further refine and develop your leadership skills by working in the advanced leader program.
Competent Communication manual
The 10 speech projects in this manual will help you develop your speaking skills one step at a time. helping you to improve. When you complete the manual.
Determine a meeting location to get together for about an hour a week. Request a New Club Information Kit by submitting this form to get more information on starting a Toastmasters group. churches. Fill out the applicable forms.
.org. For areas not assigned to a district. as needed.
Toastmasters groups are formed every day in a variety of settings. here are a few of the most common levels of sponsor support:
Payment of the one-time chartering fee Reimbursement or payment of full or partial membership dues and new-member fees Provide a meeting location Wonder which companies realize the value of starting Toastmasters clubs in their organization? Find out here! Interested in setting up a demonstration meeting at your organization? Contact corporaterelations@toastmasters. Community clubs are generally open to anyone. while company clubs are often limited to employees of that company and are closed to outside members. community centers – even in restaurants. Schedule your first official meeting.org. Groups meet onsite at corporations.
Details: • • • • • • •
$125: One-time chartering fee $20: New-member fee per person $27: Six months' membership dues per person ($21 for clubs not in a district) Each group can charge supplementary dues to help cover expenses. if needed
For company clubs. contact infokits@toastmasters. It’s as simple as that! Contact the district leaders so they can support your efforts.Bring Toastmasters into your Company or Community
The answer to your communication and leadership needs.
Steps to start: • • • •
Find at least twenty people who want to improve their communication and leadership skills. or you can start a local group in your community. The process to form a Toastmasters group is simple and all of the materials are provided for you! You can start a Toastmasters group onsite at your organization.
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