What we're about
Welcome to the Heart-centered Toastmasters homepage!
Heart-centered Toastmasters is part of Toastmasters International, a world-wide organization that fosters development of communication and leadership skills. HCTM is unique in that we offer a spiritual, non-denominational club culture of unconditional loving and infinite positive regard in our mutually supportive, non-competitive atmosphere.
Many of our members are students or graduates of USM (University of Santa Monica's Masters program in Spiritual Psychology), members of Agape or are involved in the personal transformation movement. We are an open, community club, which means we are open to any interested parties joining who are over the age of 18 and who agree to be supportive of our loving club culture.
Most of our members have a goal of becoming a leader in their own field, whether it be spiritual psychology, music, writing, hypnotherapy, etc. HCTM is the ideal practice ground for members to quickly gain self-confidence, practice public speaking, teaching their topic, improving their extemporaneous speaking skills and practicing as a leader. This is a group that supports and understands the relevant topics related to spiritual growth~ subjects such as energy healing, enlightenment, alternative medicine, channeling, intuition, etc. are the club norm rather than the exception as in more mainstream TM clubs.
The Toastmasters program is a comprehensive program that gives members the opportunity to stretch in every way as both speakers and leaders.
Speakers can move through the basic 10-speech manual at their own pace, and learning happens thru actual life experience. After completing the basic manual, there are many advanced manuals to choose from, including Speaking to Inform, The Entertaining Speaker, Special Occasion Speeches, The Professional Speaker, Speaking on Television and many more. Members can move from speaking briefly for 5-7 minutes to giving longer 20 minute to 1 hour educational presentations. The hands-on learning opportunity offered is invaluable.
Members interested in developing as leaders have the opportunity at the club level to practice being an MC, giving introductions, designing and running a program, chairing special events, participating or running a board, creating a meeting agenda, facilitating Q & A, mentoring newer members and much more. Beyond the club level, TI offers leadership roles such as Area Governor, Division Governor and on up the line in the district, region and international level.
For the nominal price of membership, HCTM is an extraordinary value for the benefits available to its members. We invite you to join us any Thursday. Guests are always welcome to visit to see if HCTM is the Toastmasters club for you.