Our Education Program

Cleveland ToastmastersPeople 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:

  1. A Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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