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 experience 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 and leadership skills by working through a series of self-paced assignments designed to instill a basic foundation in public speaking and leadership.
- Experienced members can further refine their skills by working through additional sets of speaking assignments and leadership projects. Projects focus on a wide range of specific skills such as connecting with your audience, using presentation software, storytelling, creating effective visual aids, using descriptive language, inspiring your audience, using effective body language and vocal variety, understanding emotional intelligence, creating a podcast, leading a question and answer session, moderating a panel discussion, leading in your volunteer organization, and many more.
- Members also learn leadership skills by taking on various meeting roles and, when they are ready, serving as club officers. 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.