Manhattan Toastmasters Meeting - Spring Break

Tired of the cold?  Wishing warmer weather was here?  Well, Spring Break is here to open the doors to a wonderful outdoor season.

Tonight, the theme of the meeting will be reflected in the TableTopics section of the meetings.  For those of you who are not familiar with TableTopics, the section provides both members and guests the opportunity to work on impromptu speaking skills by crafting a 1 to 2 minute response to a question.

We also have 6 interesting project speeches (PS - have nothing to do with the theme / random topics) being delivered.  The night promises to deliver much if only you are to show up.  Be strong.  Be brave.  Come on down to Manhattan Toastmasters today!

About Manhattan Toastmasters

Manhattan Toastmasters is a volunteer organization with a mission to help improve public speaking skills in individuals willing to learn, speak, overcome, and achieve success!  Information, video, and tips can be found on our website @ www.manhattantoastmasters.com

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Tonight we feature 6 project speeches from our members that will teach us how to present ideas in a better light and keep us inspired all week long.

Manhattan Toastmasters will also be holding a raffle - a bottle and a book!  $2 per ticket. No more details available because you must come to the meeting to find out!

Remember that you are a member, you can sign up for a meeting role of a speech right from our website.  Navigate to www.manhattantoastmasters.com , log in, and sign up.  It is that easy

Change to Manhattan Toastmaster Guest Policy

To all most welcome guests, Manhattan Toastmasters is first and foremost a organization dedicated to education, providing a comfortable environment to learn, and is always open to most welcome guests. The structure of the club is such that members and leadership create a formal structure to facilitate delivering speechs and opportunities to talk in front of an audience at every meeting.  Guests are welcome to observe and participate while deliberating if a particular club is right for them.

It has been the policy of Toastmasters International to allow guests to visit two times before asking for a commitment to join as a member, as only members can deliver speeches from the competent or advanced communicators handbook.  Membership costs $48 every 6 months! Compared to the Dale Carnegie Public Speaking Course which costs approximately $1700 per course, make the investment in Manhattan Toastmasters a no brainier.  If a guest chooses not to join, the reason is most often the club does not offer what the guest is looking for or the time commitment is too great.

What we are faced with at Manhattan Toastmasters is very limited space, large membership, high demand for our formal and informal meetings, and a incredible club that engages everyone. Guests wish to continue to visit even after the initial two visits but don't commit as members most often because of time.  We at Manhattan Toastmasters do not wish to turn anyone away and thus have made a significant change to our guest policy.

Guests are welcome to visit our club two times before being asked if they would like to join. If at that time the offer to become a member is declined, we will ask the guest to contribute $5 per visit going forward for several reasons

--members contribute 3.50 per meeting through their bi-annual dues and it is only fair for guests after their second visit to do the same

--Manhattan Toastmasters encourages you to join - there is a significant savings if you join as a member, not to mention you receive a project handbook, monthly Toastmasters magazine, and the privilege to deliver speeches at our meetings and competitions. ($130 for guests, $96 for members)

--the guest fee will be used for delivering refreshments at some meetings for the guests and members.  Remember that we are a volunteer organization and have a very limited budget for the year.

Manhattan Toastmasters has an open door policy for guests but we ask for a contribution towards the aforementioned items after two visits because it is not fair that as a continuous guest you continue to receive the benefits of the club without supporting and committing to the clubs success.

As everything in life, this is a work in progress and we are always welcome to discussing further in person to improve ourselves, the message, and the club.

Thank you.

 

PLEASE READ

--Guests, Meetup members, and Members are all welcome. We ask that you RSVP if you will be attending.

--+1's and +2 are not allowed - only RSVP for yourself

--As of April 1st, guests who have attended more than 2 meetings and have chosen not to become members are most welcome to continue visiting our club but we will ask for a $5 contribution per club visit. See above for more information

--Manhattan Toastmaster Members - if there are no spots available when you go to register @ Meetup.com, don't worry!  We have automatically guaranteed a spot for you. Please email us through www.manhattantoastmasters.com to inform the team.

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    This club is always fun and supportive.

    April 11, 2013

    • Michael Z.

      Gary, still remember the three points of your speech - 1)Control, 2)Move, 3) Vigilant - that should tell you how powerful your message is! Good job.

      April 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you. I remember your advice as well. Personalize. Make it about my story. Talk to not at. Share lessons don't tell what do.

      April 12, 2013

  • Benjamin W.

    I would like to attend.

    April 10, 2013

    • Michael Z.

      Benjamin, are you on the waiting list?

      April 10, 2013

    • Michael Z.

      We missed you last night

      April 12, 2013

  • Jared B.

    Something came up at work and I can't be there tonight. Good Luck to everyone on their speeches.

    April 11, 2013

    • Michael Z.

      Have fun!

      April 11, 2013

    • Michael Z.

      Jared, try to give a little more notice so we can have people on the waiting list attend. PS - not to rub it in but you missed a pretty good meeting. Did you have fun at work?

      April 12, 2013

  • Anna L.

    Does the group meet every week or every two weeks.

    April 11, 2013

    • Michael Z.

      Anna, we meet every two weeks for our formal meetings and are starting alternate meetings for members. Come down in two weeks and you can hear more about the cool things we are doing on the off weeks.

      April 12, 2013

  • Vik

    Sorry, last minute work commitments.

    April 11, 2013

    • Michael Z.

      Vik, hope to see you soon. Please try to give us a little more time before you cancel because it is not enough time to allow someone on the waiting list to attend.

      April 12, 2013

  • Michael Z.

    Great speeches, interesting use of table topics to introduce guests, and load of laughs! Here at Manhattan Toastmasters we know how to do it right! Special note to Amy who delivered an outstanding Icebreaker, Gary who delivered an incredible first speech, and all the members and guests for having enough courage not only to show up but get up and speak! I am proud to be among such great people as all of you!

    2 · April 12, 2013

  • Lori

    Sorry about the late notice. Not feeling well. Hope to make it in the next meeting!

    April 11, 2013

  • Anna L.

    Sorry, but I think I'm going to have to skip tonights meeting.
    I'll be back in touch soon.

    April 11, 2013

  • roseann g.

    i will be unable to make it there tomorrow night :( am looking forward to the next opportunity - this looks like a very good group!

    April 10, 2013

    • Michael Z.

      Roseann, the group is incredible and very creative. We do both formal and informal meetings to keep things fresh. Right now we are formally meeting the 2nd and 4th weeks and adding more creative meetings on the 1st and 3rd soon. Hope to see you soon and if you have any questions, we are here.

      April 10, 2013

    • roseann g.

      thanks Michael, i hope to get there next time!

      April 11, 2013

  • Michael Z.

    Members, I just added - 101 Ideas for Table Topics to http://www.manhattantoastmasters.com membership area - you must sign in to get the article. Guests, I also posted a Membership Application to http://www.manhattantoastmasters.com which is available to anyone.

    April 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It'll be my first time filling any role. A bit nervous, but I'm excited as well!!!

    April 6, 2013

  • Michael Z.

    I am excited about filling the general evaluator role for the first time.

    April 6, 2013

  • Lizzie N.

    Looking forwward to seeing eveyone

    April 5, 2013

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