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WHAT IS TOASTMASTERS??


TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL

..IS AN ORGANIZATION WHICH HELPS YOU TO OVERCOME YOUR FEARS CONCERNING PUBLIC SPEAKING.
THIS IS ACCOMPLISHED THROUGH MEETINGS HELD, TRADITIONALLY, EVERY WEEK.
GUESTS ARE ALWAYS INVITED FOR ANY NUMBER OF VISITS.
TO BENEFIT FULLY, MEMBERSHIP IS OFFERED. CLUBS ARE LOCATED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.
LOCAL CLUB MEETING DATES AND TIMES CAN BE FOUND WITHIN THESE PAGES.
AN AVERAGE CLUB HAS APPROXIMATELY 20 MEMBERS.
A CLUB PRESIDENT WILL CONDUCT THE MEETINGS.
OTHER CLUB OFFICERS ARE ELECTED AND ASSIST IN KEEPING EACH CLUB VIABLE.
BECOMING A CLUB OFFICER HELPS YOU TO EXPAND YOUR LEADERSHIP SKILLS, AS WELL AS YOUR ABILITY TO SPEAK IN FRONT OF A GROUP OF PEOPLE.
A SMALL GROUP OF CLUBS COMPRISE AN AREA, LED BY AN AREA GOVERNOR, WHO ENSURES CONTINUITY BY WORKING TOGETHER WITH THOSE CLUBS.
SO IT GOES, A NUMBER OF AREAS COMPRISING A DIVISION, DIVISIONS BECOMING DISTRICTS, ON TO REGIONS AND FINALLY TO THE INTERNATIONAL LEVEL.
YOU WILL SEE HOW POWERFUL THE ENTIRE ORGANIZATION WORKS TOWARD IMPROVING YOUR SKILLS!

WELCOME TO A TOASTMASTERS MEETING!


The meeting is started by each person present introducing his or herself to everyone.
A short business meeting is conducted by a reading of the minutes for the previous session,
as well as a treasurer's report.
Next, a speaking tip is offered by a member, after which something called "Table Topics" is presented.
A member, previously selected, will make statements, or ask questions and will call upon other members to reply, unbeknownst to them up till this point.
This is our exercise in "off the cuff speaking", or, impromptu speaking.
It really prepares you for thinking quickly, putting your thoughts into words, and expressing them correctly. Following this, two or three members will offer formal speeches, having taken weeks of preparation for this occasion.
Lastly, additional members will present the last of the evenings formal talks with a critique of the previous speakers. This is when invaluable help is given to further benefit the members.
There are also some helpers scattered around the table. One of them will activate a clicker, or some such device, whenever someone uses an UHM, AHH, or other sound, called, an audible pause.
This also is an aid for speakers to cut out extraneous sounds during their presentation.
A grammarian points out errors in word usage, and, of course, all of these speeches are timed. This may sound scary to someone new in public speaking but trust me, we've all been through it!
We accomplish so much in so little time! If you need to expand your skills in overcoming the world's greatest fear - Public Speaking - then Toastmasters is for you!
Stop by and say hello. - We'd love to meet you!

HOW CAN TOASTMASTERS HELP YOU?

NOW THAT YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS AT A TOASTMASTERS MEETING,
LET'S EXPLORE FURTHER HOW YOU CAN BENEFIT FROM THE ORGANIZATION.

FIRST, TWO FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW.

EACH CLUB HAS OFFICERS, ELECTED BY THE MEMBERS TO LEAD, INCREASE MEMBERSHIP, SCHEDULE SPEECHES, AND OTHER DUTIES.
VARIOUS LEVELS WITHIN TOASTMASTERS MAY BE ATTAINED BY (SURPRISE!) A CERTAIN NUMBER OF SPEECHES.
OTHER LEVELS ARE GEARED TO LEADERSHIP MODULES.
ANYONE WHO IS INTERESTED IN PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT SHOULD LOOK INTO TOASTMASTERS.
MEMBERS CAN USE THEIR SKILLS TO ADVANCE IN THE UNDERTAKING OF THEIR CHOICE.
POSSIBLE INDIVIDUAL NEEDS AND THEIR SOLUTIONS CAN BE FULFILLED BY JOINING ANY OF OUR WORLD-WIDE CLUBS.
FOR EXAMPLE: PERSONAL PROGRESS - TO GROW AND ACHIEVE SELF CONFIDENCE - CONFIDENCE IN COMMUNICATING A SENSE OF BELONGING - JOIN PEOPLE WITH COMMON GOALS NEED TO IMPROVE PUBLIC SPEAKING ABILITIES? COMMUNICATION AND LEADERSHIP PROGRAM SPEECHES ARE THE ANSWER! PROBLEMS IN SPEAKING OFF THE CUFF? TABLE TOPICS - AN EXCERCISE IN IMPROMPTU SPEAKING WILL HELP! HOW TO CONDUCT BETTER MEETINGS? TOASTMASTER OF THE EVENING MAKES YOU A BETTER COORDINATOR AND LEADER! IMPROVE PERSONNEL REVIEW SKILLS? BY EVALUATING SPEAKERS AND SPEECHES, ANOTHER REGULAR FEATURE! MANAGEMENT/SUPPORT PROBLEMS? PARTICIPATING AS A CLUB OFFICER INCREASES YOUR MANAGING ABILITY!
NOW, RUN, DO NOT WALK, TO THE AREA CLUB PAGE, FIND THE CLUB NEAREST YOU, AND ATTEND THE NEXT MEETING!
IN ADDITION TO LEARNING, YOU'LL MEET NEW FRIENDS, ALL WILLING TO HELP YOU! YOU WILL ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE! FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT ME: JERRY GOLD