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MacToast Toastmasters group has been going strong for over 15 years. We are a friendly , professional, and diverse group that welcomes newcomers and visitors!
We have good attendance and participation for this meeting every week (usually 10 to 15 people). Most of the members do not sign on to this Meetup.com website but they do sign on to the 1274.toastmastersclubs.org (http://1274.toastmastersclubs.org/)website for roles. Go to this website to see the full list of current members and calendars and agendas.
Here is a link to the current agenda for the upcoming meeting: http://1274.toastmastersclubs.org/agenda.html (http://1274.toastmastersclubs.org/agenda.html)
Check out the Discussion page here on this meetup group and then message board for helpful articles submitted by members of MacToast.
Fear of speaking in public? Toastmasters is a learn-by-doing program where participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere. Meeting participants give impromptu talks on assigned topics, conduct meetings and develop skills related to timekeeping, grammar and parliamentary procedure.
Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Our membership is 270,000 strong. These members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 13,000 clubs that make up our global network of meeting locations.
Membership in Toastmasters is one of the greatest investments you can make in yourself. It is also one of the most cost-effective skill-building tools available anywhere.
Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Founded in October 1924, the organization currently has more than 270,000 members in 13,000 clubs in 116 countries. Each week, Toastmasters helps more than a quarter million people of every ethnicity, education and profession build their competence in communication so they can gain the confidence to lead others.
Toastmasters clubs offer a “learn-by-doing” workshop in which participants practice speaking and leadership skills in a friendly atmosphere. A typical group has 20 to 40 members who meet regularly to practice public speaking techniques. The average meeting lasts one hour and the membership is affordable: total annual fees are usually less than $50.
Members learn communication skills by following a series of 10 self-paced speaking assignments designed to instill a basic foundation in public speaking. Participants learn skills related to the use of humor, gestures, eye contact, speech organization and overall delivery. When finished with these first speeches, members can choose from 15 advanced manuals to learn skills related to a specific interest.
Members can also learn leadership skills by taking on various meeting roles and serving as officers in the club and district levels. Members aren’t lectured about leadership but given practical skill-building responsibilities and club leadership roles.
There is no instructor in a Toastmasters meeting, instead, members evaluate one another’s oral presentations. Feedback and evaluations are key to the program’s success. Meeting participants also give impromptu talks on assigned topics, conduct meetings, serve as offices in various leadership roles and learn rules related to timing, grammar and parliamentary procedure.