Welcome to Thamesdown Speakers Club
Hello - ever wonderd what happens at a Toastmaster Meeting?
The evening is hosted by the Toastmaster who acts as the compere and MC ; making sure the meeting is run smoothly and all the speakers, evaluators and guests know what is happening at any time.
We begin with Table Topics -these are off-the-cuff presentations lasting about two minutes on a subject chosen by the Topics Master. It could be anything from "Who would you like to invite to dinner and what would you serve them? " to "Can a Leopard change his spots?" or "Do you still believe in Father Christmas?" to something more serious....
We then ask the Topics Evaluator to give his/her evaluation of the speech pointing out what they thought was good and perhaps offering some suggestions on body language, vocal variety, structure, or making best use of the stage space. Even something as simple as what do you do with spare hands that just won't sit still in a speech?
After a break of 10-15 minutes for some socialising and chatting,we go into the 2nd half; the prepared speeches. This can be anywhere between two and four prepared speeches, from the Toasmtaster Manuals which vary from basic communication skills to speciality speeches, storytelling or business presentations.
These are then evaluated by a fellow club member. Each time you give a prepared speech, we aim to give positive feedback pointing out strengths as well as suggesting improvements.
We hope that everyone at a Toastmasters meeting feels welcome and valued - from complete beginners to advanced speakers; from evaluators to enthusiastic members of our audience. There is no rush and no pressure: The Toastmasters programme allows you to progress at your own pace.
How it benefits you
Better Communication and Leadership skills learnt in a supportive environment? what's not to like?
Toastmasters opens up a world of new possibilities: you will give better work presentations; you will better lead meetings and participate in them more confidently; you will speak more smoothly off the cuff; you will be able to handle one-on-one interactions with family, friends and colleagues.
Every meeting is different and we hope that you come away feeling that you have been informed, educated and most of all entertained.
Why not come and see for yourself?