3Introduction Toastmasters is: A non-profit organization The Goal of the Organization is:To make effective oral communication and leadership a worldwide realityToastmasters helps members learn the art of SPEAKING, LISTENING and THINKING!
4Facts and Figures Established in 1924 More than 313,000 members worldwideOver 14,650 clubs in 126 countries around the world
8What can Toastmasters offer You? ENVIRONMENTPositive, helpful and supportiveAction oriented learningMulti-culturalNon-embarrassingEnjoyable and encouragingIntellectually entertainingEDUCATIONCommunication SkillsLeadership SkillsEffective SkillsOrganizing SkillsBENEFITSUnlimited Personal GrowthClear CommunicationIncreased self-confidenceShared ExperiencesCareer AdvancementBe RecognizedOPPORTUNITIESLeadership opportunities at various levelsLarge networking opportunity with thousands of ToastmastersParticipate in educational and informative eventsOpportunities to influence many
9The Founder of Toastmasters Ours is the only organization I know dedicated to the individualDr. Ralph Smedley
10The Member is the Heart of Toastmasters CLUBSAREASThe STRUCTUREOF TOASTMASTERSDIVISIONSDISTRICTSREGIONSTOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL
14What is a Club ?Club is a group of members to whom Toastmasters International offers a program of communication and leadership projects designed to help them learn the arts ofspeaking,listening andthinking.
16Toastmasters – Club Roles SpeakerThe speaker delivers a prepared speech to improve his/her public speaking andcommunication skills.General EvaluatorGeneral evaluator oversees the overall execution of the meeting and providesconstructive feedback and suggestions to improve the meeting qualityEvaluatorThe purpose of an evaluator is to provide constructive feedback to the speakersto improve their speaking skillsGrammarianGrammarian helps in improving our language. He/she helps people improve theirgrammar and word use. Being grammarian also provides an exercise inexpanding listening skills
17Toastmasters – Club Roles Ah-CounterThe purpose of the Ah-Counter is to note any word or sound used as a crutch byanyone who speaks during the meeting. Words may be inappropriate interjections,such as and, well, but, so and you know.TimerTimer keeps everyone in check regarding time. He/she will be in-charge of keepingtime and showing appropriate signs at appropriate times to assist role players andspeakers to be on time.
18Toastmasters – Club Roles The Toastmaster is a meeting’s director and host who conducts the entire meetingfrom setting the tone of the meeting according to the theme of the meeting, to,introducing participants and keeps the audience interested and motivatedthroughout the meeting.Table Topics Speaker or ReactorsTable topics speaker is the one whom Table Topics Master will invite on thepodium to speak spontaneously about a topic.
19Toastmasters – Club Roles Topics MasterTable topics master provides you with an opportunity to practice planning,preparation, organization, time management and facilitation skills in quicklyorganizing and expressing thoughts in an impromptu setting.Vote CounterVote counter is someone who collects votes for the best speaker, evaluator andtable topics speaker and passes on the count to the Toastmaster of the day.
23Communication Track You will learn to: Start speaking before and audienceUse visual aidsHow to researchOrganize your speech and thoughtsPersuade an audienceBe an effective and competent communicatorHow to effectively use eye contact and gesturesEliminate bad speech habitsIncrease your vocabularyHow to use your body to communicate
24Leadership Track You will learn to: Take Roles Motivate people Listen carefullyBe a mentorCritically thinkBe a great team playerPlan and manage timeServe as club officer and beyondDelegate tasksBe a competent leaderNetworkDevelop facilitation skills
25Get Started Task # 1 Task # 2 Task # 3 Volunteer to speak during Table Topics session. It’s a fun way to get startedTask # 2Do your first projectTalk to the Club’s Vice President Education to schedule your first project, theIce breakerTask # 3Take up a role.Relatively easy roles like the Timer and Ah-Counter are for grabs for thenewbees.