People join Toastmasters for a wide variety of reasons. Perhaps you can identify with a few of the main reasons people join us:
- To develop self-confidence
- To be taken seriously when they open their mouths
- To learn to speak better in one-on-one and group situations
- To develop the skills to lead others to accomplish projects and tasks
You can learn all those skills (and more) through the Toastmasters Education Program. Here are the highlights:
- A Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere.
- There is no instructor in a Toastmasters meeting. Instead, members evaluate one another’s presentations. This feedback process is a key part of the program’s success. Meeting participants also give impromptu talks on assigned topics, conduct meetings and develop skills related to timekeeping, grammar and parliamentary procedure.
- New members learn communication skills by working through a series of 10 self-paced speaking assignments designed to instill a basic foundation in public speaking.
- Experienced members can further refine their skills through a library of advanced speaking assignments on topics such as speaking to entertain, delivering technical presentations, presenting and receiving awards, speaking on television, and more.
- Members also learn leadership skills by taking on various meeting roles and working in our Leadership manual. In our learn-by-doing approach, we don’t lecture members about leadership skills; we give them responsibilities and mentoring to help. Then we ask them to lead.
Intrigued by the possibilities? You are welcome to be a guest at any meeting.