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A Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing
workshop in which participants
hone their communication and leadership
skills in a friendly atmosphere.
A typical group has 20 to 40 members
who meet weekly or biweekly to
practice public speaking techniques.
The average meeting lasts one
Members learn communication skills
by working in the Competent Communication manual,
a series of 10 self-paced speaking assignments
designed to instill a basic foundation in public
speaking. Participants learn skills related to
use of humor, gestures, eye contact, speech organization
and overall delivery. When finished with this
manual, members can choose from 15 advanced manuals
to learn skills related to specific interests.
Members also learn leadership skills
by taking on various meeting roles and serving
as officers at the club and district levels, and
by working in the Competent Leadership manual
and the High Performance Leadership program. In
our learn-by-doing approach, we don't lecture
our members about leadership skills; we give them
responsibilities and ask them to lead.
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, serve
as officers in various leadership roles and learn rules related
to timing, grammar and parliamentary procedure.
Here's what our
members are saying about us... Click for more!
"I can unequivocally say, the Toastmasters program
WORKS! It works, it works, it works! You need to put
in the effort, but if you do, you will be rewarded."
"Your support and encouragement helped me get
further than I ever thought possible. I will never
forget how you make me feel; accepted, worthy and
full of hope for an even better tomorrow."
Dan Hershey, District 38 International Speech
Contest 3rd place winner
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