What we're about
What is Arthur Storer Toastmasters?
Since June 1997, Arthur Storer Toastmasters has been helping people speak, lead, and succeed. Whether you're a speaking pro or are too afraid to stand up and tell people your name, our club is for you. Whether you're a seasoned manager or are trying to learn how to lead others, our club is for you. If you're just looking for a great place to have fun and enjoy your Saturday morning, our club is definitely for you!
Visit our website (http://www.speakleadsucceed.org) for more info, including directions and meeting times.
What IS Toastmasters?
No, we don't make toast. TM is a non-profit worldwide network of clubs dedicated to teaching public speaking and leadership skills.
Anyone over the age of 18 can join Toastmasters, provided they have the desire to improve their communication and leadership skills through practice.
Beyond that, Toastmasters members are a diverse group, spanning countries and cultures, and all socio-economic backgrounds.
Choosing a Toastmasters Club
There are a lot of Toastmasters clubs all over the Greater Austin area, each with their own meeting day, time and personality. First, find a few clubs that are convenient and that fits your schedule. Second, visit a few, to find a club that fits your personality. Depending on your level of speaking experience, you may feel apprehensive or down right scared. It's ok, no one is going to force you to speak in front of the group until you are ready for that challenge.
Each club is different
Some Toastmasters clubs are closed and only available to employees of a sponsoring business. Other clubs are open to everyone 'community clubs'. Many clubs have 30+ members and others have 20 or less. Some Toastmaster clubs have a lot of DTMs (Distinguished Toastmaster Members) and some only have 1 or 2. There are clubs that have been around for decades and there are others that are new. The key to your success is to find the mix that feels right to you. Rest assured that all clubs are inviting and want to help you achieve your goals.
Arthur Storer Toastmasters Club in North East Austin / Pflugerville
Since June 1997, Arthur Storer Toastmasters has been helping people speak, lead, and succeed. Whether you're a speaking pro who needs practice space or are too afraid to stand up and tell people your name, our club is for you. We have members at all levels helping each other.
At Arthur Storers we have 9 Distinguished Toastmaster Members (that is a lot!), you may think that this would be intimidating... BUT IT'S NOT. What it does mean for a beginner is a lot of experienced mentors to help you on your journey. I have found this club to be extremely inviting and nurturing as I tackle my fear of speaking in public. They are gracious, empathetic and full of encouragement.
I would love for you to come visit our club and see if it is a good fit for you.
Q: Am I expected to Speak at my first meeting?
No. The level of participation is up to you. You will never be forced to stand up and speak. You go at your own pace, this is your journey and we are here to support you in any way we can.
"Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy."
- Dale Carnegie
Why Join Toastmasters?
- Excellent practice space for business presentations
- Meet new awesome people
- To finally work on your fear of standing up in front of a group and telling them a story
- Push yourself out of your comfort zone in a safe environment
- Build personal and professional self-confidence
- Learn and enhance your networking, sales and marketing skills
- Completing the Competent Communicator manual of 10 speeches is on your bucket list
- Work on your listening skills.... what?
- Training via Toastmasters is extremely CO$T-effective!
- It can be (and is) fun!