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Welcome to Livingston Speakers

 Today many people are more comfortable communicating by electronic mail or telephone, rather than face-to-face. Speaking to large or small groups, or even one to one, can be a nerve racking or stressful experience. At Toastmasters, you can learn how to overcome these challenges and transform your public speaking experiences into enjoyable and successful ones.

 As a member of Toastmasters, you can learn how to successfully formulate, express and sell your ideas and yourself and reduce, if not eliminate, the nervousness you feel when you speak. You can improve your ability to listen and evaluate other people’s ideas, and learn or develop vital leadership skills along the way.

 Roles in the Toastmaster Meeting

 The prepared speeches are only one aspect of the Toastmasters experience. The Toastmasters organisation is designed to help build communication and leadership skills. The various roles build different skills and thus build confidence in different areas of communication and leadership. The key roles and their responsibilities are...

The Toastmaster: The duty of the Toastmaster is to host and conduct the entire program, including introducing participants. He or she also has responsibility for ensuring that all proceedings run smoothly and to time.

The Table Topics Master: The purpose of table topics is to have members “think on their feet” and speak for 2 minutes or so. The table topics master prepares and issues the topics; originality is desirable as much as possible.

The ‘Ah’ Counter: The purpose of the ah counter is to note words and sounds such as a “crutch” word or a “pause filler” used by anyone who speaks during the meeting.

The Timer: is the member responsible for keeping track of time. The timer will time all speakers including table topics and prepared speeches plus all evaluations.

Evaluators: Everything in Toastmasters is evaluated. Evaluators will be assigned for the table topics session, the prepared speeches and the overall evaluation of the evening



The Toastmasters Mission
A statement of shared values

Every Toastmasters club shares the same mission, clearly defined in the following mission statement:

We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater selfconfidence and personal growth.

Through this mission, each Toastmaster gains a clear understanding of the club's purpose, and the organization as a whole benefits from a shared set of values and goals.


Looking to improve your speaking and leadership skills? Ignite your career? Gain the confidence to speak up?

You’ve come to the right place. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped more than 4 million people just like you, from around the world, become more confident speakers and leaders. 

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development, with more than 345,000 members in over 15,900 clubs in 142 countries. This network of clubs and their learn-by-doing programme are sure to help you improve.

Toastmasters will give you the skills and confidence you need to express yourself effectively in any situation. Whether you are a professional, student, stay-at-home parent or retired, Toastmasters is the most efficient, enjoyable and affordable way of gaining great communication skills. You'll learn how to:

  • Formulate and express your ideas effectively
  • Be more persuasive and confident when giving presentations
  • Improve your one-on-one dealings with others

Don't delay! Become the speaker and leader you want to be. Confident, charismatic leaders weren't born that way. As you progress in Toastmasters, you'll get to practice your skills by organising and conducting meetings and motivating others to help you. Become a better negotiator. Gain trust. Inspire your team.

Visit our next meeting - guests are most welcome. You won't regret it!


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