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Maverick Toastmaster Club-Weekly Meeting
Please note our meeting location! Great meeting if you are looking to be a professional speaker, improve your impromptu speaking abilities at work, be a more confident social speaker, just improve your speaking ability in general, or would like to overcome the #1 fear in the world-speaking in front of other people. Our members joined Maverick Toastmasters in Mesa for a variety of reasons and the weekly meetings assist all our members and guest become more prolific speakers for whatever your personal reasons are, in a fun supportive environment surrounded by likeminded people. We do have a lot fun, but at the same time we follow a set agenda and support each other through constructive feedback so we all may improve our speaking abilities. An overview of our dynamic Toastmaster meeting in Mesa is as follows: 6:40 - 7:00 pm: Meet and Greet 7:00 - 8:30 pm: Club meeting: This is where the magic happens. The Maverick Toastmaster meeting has 5 basic sections. The core skills practiced during each section are in parentheses. Opening (Leadership) The presiding officer opens the meeting by greeting everyone, especially the guests. The meeting's emcee, the Toastmaster, introduces the meeting's "functionaries" - individuals with various roles and responsibilities tailored to help members improve on specific aspects of communication and leadership. Prepared/Formal Speeches (Prepared Speech Presentation) Members work on projects with specific objectives. This is of the best parts of the meeting. Members joined Maverick Toastmasters for many reasons, it could be to overcome the fear of public speaking, become a professional speaker, move up the corporate ladder, or just become a more prolific speaker. These prepared speeches stretch progressively stretch our speaking abilities in a safe constructive environment. We have seen members go from almost passing out when they got in front of the group when they first joined, to unbelievable speakers in just a few short months. Table Topics (Impromptu Speaking) The “Table Topics Master” askes open-ended questions based on a meeting theme or subject and calls on members at random to answer these questions. No preparation time is given to answer these questions. This exercise helps you improve the ability to think on your feet, quickly organize your thoughts, and respond coherently with no preparation. The exercise is particularly helpful in situations such as job interviews, social settings, and last-minute presentation assignments from the boss. Probably the funniest part of the meeting. Feedback (Evaluation, Impromptu Speaking, Leadership) Preassigned evaluators - one per formal speaker - provide specific feedback on the prepared speeches. Evaluators will comment on such things as how well the speaker met the project objectives, opinion on what the speaker did well and issue challenges for improvement. Speech evaluations are valuable not only for the speaker specifically, but generally for the audience as well as ideas and tips are gleaned from these evaluations. The feedback techniques learned in this section can be applied in many people’s daily activities-especially work. Closing (Leadership) The presiding officer will facilitate the completion of any club business, solicitation of guest feedback, and more before adjourning the meeting. Please note: Meetup RSVPs do not reflect actual attendance; we typically have 15-30 in attendance. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us and we will be more than happy to assist you.

Mesa Artspace Lofts

155 S Hibbert · Mesa, az

What we're about

Club Mission
We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.

Every Toastmasters club meeting seeks to practice four core skills - prepared (formal) speech presentation, impromptu speaking, evaluation, and leadership - and Maverick is no exception. What then will set this new club apart? We are seeking to take a fresh approach to a proven program!

Please note that the total number of RSVPs here in our Meetup group does not reflect our regular attendance, which is much, much higher.

Our vision includes a special emphasis on the following:

1. A vibrant mentoring program
Every member will have a mentor and will eventually mentor a fellow member. Resources will be provided for mentoring within the Toastmasters program. We may also explore the possibility of forming professional or personal mentoring relationships between our members at some point in our club's future. We understand that not everyone will be immediately comfortable serving as a mentor to someone else, so this program will be instituted with the understanding that mentoring is an additional skill that needs to be learned and practiced. New Toastmasters will be able to take advantage of the substantial experience of fellow members. Within our small budding group, we already have five Distinguished Toastmasters (the highest level of achievement in the Toastmasters educational program -the Ph.D. of Toastmasters, if you will) and several Advanced Toastmasters.

2. Deliberate relationship building
We hope that regular opportunities to have fun as a group outside of the normal club meeting environment has already become an important part of our club culture. Our regular special events include Club Anniversary Celebrations, an annual Spooky Tales Contest in October, an annual joke contest in June, and more. We will continue to seek any excuse to celebrate as a group and hope that our next special event will include you!

3. A commitment to fun, creative meeting programs
While working within the framework of practicing the Toastmasters core skills named above, we can be as creative with our meeting programs as we want. Our meetings will maintain a level of professionalism and formality expected of a Toastmasters meeting, but with a unique flair and sense of adventure. We most definitely have fun together while learning our vital skills.

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For more information on our club, please visit our website at
http://www.mavericktm.org .

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