A Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere.
There is no instructor in a Toastmasters meeting; instead, members evaluate one another’s presentations. This feedback process is a key part of the Toastmaster program’s success. Meeting participants also give impromptu talks on assigned topics, conduct meetings and develop skills related to timekeeping, grammar and parliamentary procedure.
We learn communication skills by working in the Competent Communication manual, a series of self-paced speaking assignments designed to instill a basic foundation in public speaking. From then on, we have many Advanced Manuals that we can chose depending of our goals.
When I joined Arun Speakers in 2001 I knew I would get the help I needed to improve my
speaking skills. I had no idea how much more Toastmasters would give me. Over the
(many!) following years I have gained immensely in terms of my self-confidence and my
leadership skills. Those in turn opened up many opportunities for me, in my professional
life, in my personal life, and in contributing to a number of charitable organisations that I
have been involved with.
Each member has a different underlying reason for wanting to improve their
communication and leadership skills – their deeper purpose. It may take months or years
to reach their goal, and as stewards of their progress we must provide the best
opportunities and support through the District Officers, Club Officers, other members, and
appropriate tools and information. You will find that easySpeak is an excellent resource to
support you in your Toastmasters journey.
People often ask me why I have stayed a member for so long. One reason is that I am still
learning – I learn something new at every club meeting and every time I speak to other
members. Most of all though, it is the individual stories of our members, and their
achievements, that continue to inspire me. I look forward to hearing your story.
Changing lives – one speech at a time.
Andy Hammond DTM
District Director 2018-2019