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
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.
--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.