For Better Listening, Thinking, Speaking
Whether you're a professional, a student, a stay-at-home parent, or a retiree Toastmasters is the best way to improve your communication and leadership skills. Toastmasters can help you lose the fear of public speaking and learn skills to help you to succeed in your chosen endeavor:
* listen better
* more easily lead teams and conduct meetings
* comfortably give and receive constructive evaluation.
You might already have some or all of these skills. In Toastmasters, you will enhance them.
Typical agenda of Pioneer Toastmasters Club meeting
At Toastmasters, members learn by speaking to groups and working with others in a supportive environment. Pioneer Toastmasters club is a bilingual club. Currently we have 24 members meeting 2nd and 4th Friday every month for two hours. Each meeting will have two session - English and Japanese, giving everyone an opportunity to practice:
* Conducting meetings. Meetings usually begin with a short business session which helps members learn basic meeting procedures.
* Table Topics: Giving impromptu speeches. Members present one-to two-minute impromptu speeches on assigned topics.
* Presenting prepared speeches. Two members present speeches based on projects from the Toastmasters International Communication and Leadership Program manuals. Projects cover such topics as speech organization, voice, language, gestures, and persuasion.
* Offering constructive evaluation. Every prepared speaker is assigned an evaluator who points out speech strengths and offers suggestions for improvement
The Tools You Use
Upon joining a Toastmasters club, each new member receives a variety of manuals and resources on speaking. Members also have access to other books as well as audio and video cassettes on speaking and leading. They also receive the award-winning The Toastmaster, a monthly magazine offering the latest insights on speaking and leadership.
Toastmasters and Leadership
Leadership cannot be learned in a day. It takes practice. At Pioneer Toastmasters club meetings members build leadership skills by organizing and conducting meetings and motivating others to help them. Club leadership roles and a leadership development program also offer opportunities to learn and practice. Just as Toastmasters members learn to speak simply by speaking, they learn leadership by leading.
If you are working in a company, Toastmasters will help:
* give better sales presentations
* hone their management skills
* work better with fellow employees
* effectively develop and present ideas
* offer constructive criticism
* accept criticism more objectively
All at a very low cost!
Toastmasters produces results. Around the world more than three million men and women of all ages and occupations benefited from Toastmasters, and more than one thousand corporations, community groups, universities, associations, and government agencies now use Toastmasters training.
Toastmasters also helps members in their community service activities. Using the speaking and leadership skills developed in Toastmasters, people become more active in business, service and charity organizations. Toastmasters members are able to organize activities, conduct meetings, and speak in public as their organization's representative. Some even become active in local, state or national government.
About Toastmasters International.
Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization governed by a Board of Directors elected by the membership. The first Toastmasters club was established on October 22, 1924, in Santa Ana, California, by Dr. Ralph C. Smedley, who conceived and developed the idea of helping others to speak more effectively. More clubs were formed, and Toastmasters International was incorporated under California law on December 19, 1932.
Toastmasters International's business and services are administered by its World Headquarters, located in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. It employs no paid promoters or instructors. It has no salaried staff except the Executive Director and World Headquarters staff, who provide services to the Clubs and Districts.