What we're about
Business Breakfast Toastmasters Club (BBC) is a fun and friendly club that meets every Tuesday morning (7:00am-8:10am) at St Peter's Church (211 Willis Street).
We are part of Toastmasters International, an organisation that fosters public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs.
Our members come from many different backgrounds, but all have the same purpose: to improve their communication and leadership skills, and enjoy themselves in a friendly and supportive environment. BBC is unique in that we have always maintained a less formal culture whilst still leveraging the learning approach behind Toastmasters International programme.
Visit our website http://www.bbctoastmasters.org.nz
What benefits can members expect?
The most obvious benefit that all members enjoy is a significant improvement in their public speaking skills. They learn how to plan a speech or presentation, tailor it for the audience and deliver it in such a way that the audience will appreciate both the message and the speaker.
For speakers who want to enhance their speaking skills and are looking for further challenges, they can choose to take up a club officer role and develop their leadership skills.
What happens at a meeting?
Meetings are lead by a chairperson. They organise the speakers, the evaluators and set the tone and theme for the event. Typically, the first part of the meeting consists of short impromptu speeches called "Table Topics". Next are the prepared speeches, with each speech project having a different objective to help develop a speaker's capability.
Why do you meet at 7:00am?
Most people today lead busy work or study lives. Our club meets in the mornings, before the working day begins, which leaves members' days and evenings free for other priorities. Our members agree that this approach sets them up for a fantastic day - which is why some of them have been coming back for years! At this time of the morning there is also plenty of parking available, and our location is near to bus stops and most business locations in the CBD.
Can I come along to visit before I commit to signing up?
Of course! We'd love to have you. You're welcome to come along a few times before you sign up, to see if BBC is the club for you.