You've come to the right place. More than 4,000,000 people, since 1924, around the world have become more confident speakers and leaders because of Toastmasters.
SO. CAN. YOU. !!
Membership in Toastmasters in one of the greatest investments you can make in yourself.
How Does It Work?
A learn-by-doing workshop shows you how to hone their speaking and leadership skills. A typical meeting lasts 90 – 120 minutes.
NO Trainers/Instructors/Teachers. Instead, members provide constructive feedback on each other's presentations.
POSITIVE FEEDBACK is a key part of the program success.
We hone our communication skills in a step by step manner as guided by the Competent Communication manual. It is a series of 10 self-paced speaking assignments designed to instil a basic foundation in public speaking.
We develop leadership skills by taking on various meeting roles and working through the Competent Leadership manual. In our learn-by-doing approach, we don't lecture you leadership skills. Instead we encourage You to take up responsibilities and lead by example to the best of your ability. We provide feedback on that too!
11 REASONS TO JOIN
1. Discover a supportive community Toastmasters is like AA (alcoholics anonymous) without the alcohol :P Everyone is quite welcoming. You clap so much that you can’t feel your hands by the end of the session (and that's a good thing, it improves your blood circulation!). There is no booing, bickering, or badgering. There are only compliments and constructive feedback. At Toastmasters, you’re surrounded by a group of positive-thinking individuals that want grow personally and professionally just like you do.
2. Strengthen your network Joining Toastmasters provides you with the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life who have the drive to become successful. Networking and associating with such people reflects the caliber of person that you want to be.
3. Learn how to think on your feet During the meeting, there is time allotted for table topics–an opportunity for members to give impromptu speeches based on a topic given by the moderator. Most of the speaking we do in our lives is spontaneous. We don’t often plan our conversations. We need to develop the ability to give an unrehearsed talk to our employees, children, bosses, associates, etc. Toastmasters can help you become more articulate even when improvising.
4. Learn how to present constructive criticism Each session, there is a general evaluator who discusses how well the event was run by all the contributing members. Additionally, each speaker for the is given an evaluator. The evaluations are always done in a respectful and constructive manner. How many times in our lives do we have to break bad news to people? Wouldn't it be nice if we knew how to offer feedback with a little more tact? Toastmasters can help!
5. Learn how to engage in civil debate In some meetings, a discussion hosted by one of the members. Typically, the discussion will centre around chosen topic. Still, the conversation is always respectful and stimulating. Many times in our lives, we are confronted with people who think differently than us. We need to be able to engage them in conversation without being offensive but still being able to express ourselves authentically.
6. Add a certification to your resume Toastmasters has two core types having various levels of certification - Communication and Leadership. The certifications run parallel to each other and culminate in the highest honour as the Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM). The levels are: Competent Communicator, Advanced Communicator Bronze, Advanced Communicator - Silver, Advanced Communicator Gold and Competent Leader, Advanced Leader - Bronze and Advanced Leader - Silver. The work that goes into acquiring these circumstances is arduous but a whole lot of fun. Having completion of one of these–especially the DTM–on your list of accomplishments is sure to catch the eyes of future employers.
7. Learn how to manage time more effectively Every session in Toastmasters is time-managed to the second. One member serves as the timekeeper and tracks the time of every speech, every introduction, every evaluation, and every other activity that occurs. We all have only 24 hours in a day. It is those who use those 24 hours to the fullest that will become the most successful. But the question is in our day to day scenarios, do we really pay attention to how much time we are taking up?
8. Learn how to host an event Did you ever play host for anything? Whether it’s a dinner party at your house or giving announcements at a social club, it can be difficult to keep names and events straight. There’s little worse than forgetting someone’s name in front of an audience. During each Toastmasters session, a member serves as “the Toastmaster,” or the one who moderates the session. It’s a great way to learn how to facilitate an event.
9. Expand your vocabulary Every Toastmasters meeting includes a “word of the day,” selected by one of the members. Throughout the meeting, we attempt to use the word in the speeches and other activities. Every time the word is used, everyone acknowledges it with a "thumbs up" gesture. It’s hard not to learn new words with that kind of reinforcement. And we could all use new, more descriptive ways of explaining things in our lives.
10. Learn how to be concise In the words of Shakespeare’s Polonius, “Brevity is the soul of wit.” If we can’t say what we mean in just a few words, we typically aren’t accurately communicating we’re trying to say. Sometimes, we need to cut out the rambling and distill our words into only those that are most essential.
11. Become comfortable with public speaking Toastmasters is known as a public speaking organisation, and rightly so. That’s why most people join. The fear of public speaking is widely-known to be at the top of the list of most common fears. Yet, there are many occasions in our lives–regardless of our occupations–that require us to get up in front of people and give talks. The secret to overcoming this fear: practice. It’s as simple as that. Toastmasters provides the occasion for practice in public speaking and, for that alone, it is worth considering. Want to say goodbye to knocking knees and perspiring palms?