TOASTMASTERS - WHERE LEADERS ARE MADE This is a group for anyone who is interested in developing their leadership and speaking skills. Toastmasters is a fun and social, learn by doing, non-profit organisation that is aimed at people who are keen on self-development. We are part of a worldwide organisation over 90 years old and going strong. We'll post a selection of meetings on the East Rand. Why Toastmasters? Toastmasters gives you the skills and confidence you need to express yourself effectively and confidently in any situation, whether you have months to prepare or minutes. All Clubs follow a structured learning programme, proven to be highly successful, in which experienced members guide newer members, in a friendly and constructive manner. Each individual progresses at their own pace to achieve their personal objectives. You will learn how to: * Prepare a speech or presentation * “Think on your feet”, handle questions and negotiate disagreements * Use humour, vocal variety and body language to capture your audience's attention * Communicate effectively in both prepared and unprepared situations (business or social) * Build confidence to promote your career * Communicate effectively at that business meeting * Improve your presentation skills up to a professional level * Make “small talk” and interact with strangers at social functions Your introduction to Toastmasters is always supportive and progressive, you embark on a course of 10 speeches, following guidelines in an instruction manual. You choose your own topics and can speak whenever you like - some members deliver their first speech 6 months after joining … others within 6 days! Every speech teaches a new speaking skill, with your personal mentor (an experienced speaker) available for advice and suggestions.