What we're about

Are you a State Farm associate with a desire to take your presentation skills from good to great, to overcome a fear of public speaking, or to strengthen your leadership skills through networking and leadership programs? If so, then State Farm OAKS Toastmasters Club (http://www.sfoaks.easy-speak.org) is for you.

Stop in and visit an OAKS Toastmasters meeting, free of cost, and see what Toastmasters can do for.

OAKS Toastmasters is the perfect place to improve your communication skills, develop the leadership skills you desire, and increase your ability to influence others through confident public speaking.

We welcome any associate of State Farm with access to Corp. South.

At Toastmasters, new members learn the art of public speaking by completing the Competent Communicator manual. This manual is included as part of your membership and provides you with your first ten speech assignments, all carefully structured to ensure your success. Each speech features basic speaking skills such as how to organize a speech, how to use props or visual aids, how to use voice inflections, and how to persuade or inspire your audience.

Advanced members who have completed their first manual have many choices from the Advanced Series of manuals. One example is the Interpersonal Communications series which teaches you how to be a good negotiator, diffuse difficult situations, sell products, and make cold calls.

Table Topics is a fun segment of every meeting that helps participants build skills for thinking on their feet. These are impromptu opportunities to speak for 1-2 minutes on a given subject.

Besides mastering the art of public speaking, membership provides the added benefits of networking and developing great friendships.

Come and visit us sometime, so you can experience our friendly environment and see if State Farm OAKS Toastmasters Club is right for you.

This five-minute video provides an example of the useful advice you can expect from Toastmasters:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AykYRO5d_lI

About Toastmasters International

Toastmasters International is a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization's membership exceeds 313,000 in more than 14,650 clubs in 126 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit www.toastmasters.org. Follow @Toastmasters on Twitter.

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Develop Communications & Leadership Skills

Room H208 (aka HC2047)

Are you an associate of State Farm Insurance who works at Corporate South in Bloomington? if so, you're cordially invited to a State Farm OAKS Toastmasters (http://www.sfoaks.easy-speak.org/) meeting! Come surround yourself with encouraging people who will challenge you to grow as a communicator/leader. State Farm OAKS Toastmasters (http://www.sfoaks.easy-speak.org) will give you the skills and confidence you need to effectively express yourself in any situation. Whether you are a professional, student, stay-at-home parent, or retiree, Toastmasters is the most effective, enjoyable and affordable way of gaining great communication and leadership skills. By learning to think quickly on your feet and to express your ideas with confidence, you'll gain the respect of your peers and become more persuasive in everyday conversations. Our members' skill levels range from still learning the English language to award winning speakers. To learn more, and to meet our members, visit one of our regular meetings, held from 11:35 AM to 12:25 PM on non-pay-week Thursdays. Guests are ALWAYS welcome to attend and participate at no cost. There is no obligation to speak--we wait until YOU feel ready. So, what happens at a Toastmasters meeting? Some members give prepared speeches and then members and guests give impromptu speeches on selected topics. Constructive evaluation of the speeches and meeting management follows, for continual improvement. It's more fun than it sounds, and really helps improve skills! If you would like to preview the flow of a typical Toastmasters meeting, watch this short video of a simulated meeting. It will help you better understand what we do and how it could benefit you. (One key difference: at State Farm OAKS Toastmasters, we do not vote on best speaker at our regular meetings.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WStG9TnG0Gw

Develop Communications & Leadership Skills

Room H208 (aka HC2047)

Are you an associate of State Farm Insurance who works at Corporate South in Bloomington? if so, you're cordially invited to a State Farm OAKS Toastmasters (http://www.sfoaks.easy-speak.org/) meeting! Come surround yourself with encouraging people who will challenge you to grow as a communicator/leader. State Farm OAKS Toastmasters (http://www.sfoaks.easy-speak.org) will give you the skills and confidence you need to effectively express yourself in any situation. Whether you are a professional, student, stay-at-home parent, or retiree, Toastmasters is the most effective, enjoyable and affordable way of gaining great communication and leadership skills. By learning to think quickly on your feet and to express your ideas with confidence, you'll gain the respect of your peers and become more persuasive in everyday conversations. Our members' skill levels range from still learning the English language to award winning speakers. To learn more, and to meet our members, visit one of our regular meetings, held from 11:35 AM to 12:25 PM on non-pay-week Thursdays. Guests are ALWAYS welcome to attend and participate at no cost. There is no obligation to speak--we wait until YOU feel ready. So, what happens at a Toastmasters meeting? Some members give prepared speeches and then members and guests give impromptu speeches on selected topics. Constructive evaluation of the speeches and meeting management follows, for continual improvement. It's more fun than it sounds, and really helps improve skills! If you would like to preview the flow of a typical Toastmasters meeting, watch this short video of a simulated meeting. It will help you better understand what we do and how it could benefit you. (One key difference: at State Farm OAKS Toastmasters, we do not vote on best speaker at our regular meetings.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WStG9TnG0Gw

Develop Communications & Leadership Skills

Room H208 (aka HC2047)

Are you an associate of State Farm Insurance who works at Corporate South in Bloomington? if so, you're cordially invited to a State Farm OAKS Toastmasters (http://www.sfoaks.easy-speak.org/) meeting! Come surround yourself with encouraging people who will challenge you to grow as a communicator/leader. State Farm OAKS Toastmasters (http://www.sfoaks.easy-speak.org) will give you the skills and confidence you need to effectively express yourself in any situation. Whether you are a professional, student, stay-at-home parent, or retiree, Toastmasters is the most effective, enjoyable and affordable way of gaining great communication and leadership skills. By learning to think quickly on your feet and to express your ideas with confidence, you'll gain the respect of your peers and become more persuasive in everyday conversations. Our members' skill levels range from still learning the English language to award winning speakers. To learn more, and to meet our members, visit one of our regular meetings, held from 11:35 AM to 12:25 PM on non-pay-week Thursdays. Guests are ALWAYS welcome to attend and participate at no cost. There is no obligation to speak--we wait until YOU feel ready. So, what happens at a Toastmasters meeting? Some members give prepared speeches and then members and guests give impromptu speeches on selected topics. Constructive evaluation of the speeches and meeting management follows, for continual improvement. It's more fun than it sounds, and really helps improve skills! If you would like to preview the flow of a typical Toastmasters meeting, watch this short video of a simulated meeting. It will help you better understand what we do and how it could benefit you. (One key difference: at State Farm OAKS Toastmasters, we do not vote on best speaker at our regular meetings.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WStG9TnG0Gw

Develop Communications & Leadership Skills

Room H208 (aka HC2047)

Are you an associate of State Farm Insurance who works at Corporate South in Bloomington? if so, you're cordially invited to a State Farm OAKS Toastmasters (http://www.sfoaks.easy-speak.org/) meeting! Come surround yourself with encouraging people who will challenge you to grow as a communicator/leader. State Farm OAKS Toastmasters (http://www.sfoaks.easy-speak.org) will give you the skills and confidence you need to effectively express yourself in any situation. Whether you are a professional, student, stay-at-home parent, or retiree, Toastmasters is the most effective, enjoyable and affordable way of gaining great communication and leadership skills. By learning to think quickly on your feet and to express your ideas with confidence, you'll gain the respect of your peers and become more persuasive in everyday conversations. Our members' skill levels range from still learning the English language to award winning speakers. To learn more, and to meet our members, visit one of our regular meetings, held from 11:35 AM to 12:25 PM on non-pay-week Thursdays. Guests are ALWAYS welcome to attend and participate at no cost. There is no obligation to speak--we wait until YOU feel ready. So, what happens at a Toastmasters meeting? Some members give prepared speeches and then members and guests give impromptu speeches on selected topics. Constructive evaluation of the speeches and meeting management follows, for continual improvement. It's more fun than it sounds, and really helps improve skills! If you would like to preview the flow of a typical Toastmasters meeting, watch this short video of a simulated meeting. It will help you better understand what we do and how it could benefit you. (One key difference: at State Farm OAKS Toastmasters, we do not vote on best speaker at our regular meetings.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WStG9TnG0Gw

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Develop Communications & Leadership Skills

Room H208 (aka HC2047)

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