typical meeting @  Toastmasters

What happens at a meeting?

The first half of the meeting is devoted to scheduled speeches by members. A typical night has four speakers each giving a 5 to 7 minute speech.  The second half of the meeting is devoted to Table Topics in which members and their guestsmeeting agenda page for a minute by minute breakdown of a typical meeting - volunteer to give a 1 to 2 minute extemporaneous talk on a topic provided to them. The meeting concludes with evaluations of the scheduled speakers. Please peruse our site for more Toastmaster insights. 

 

The process

Guests are Welcome!


Experience Level in the Club

We have a balanced Club in terms of experience. There are members who are starting out, half way or closing in on their Competent Communicatoraward (CC) and others who have achieved their CC's and are working on the 3 levels of Advanced Communicator (ACC) awards. By actively participating in each meeting, members are able to polish and enhance the skills they already have and learn new ones. The idea is to raise the bar a little every time you get up to speak and listen to feedback from fellow members.

What to Expect Once You Join the Club

When you join, you will receive a New Member Kit in the mail which will contain your CC Manual, Competent Leadership Manual and other booklets containing additional tips and techniques and your name will be added to the mailing list of 'The Toastmaster' magazine. You will be given access to the members side of our website. Your first speech called 'Ice Breaker' will be scheduled and you will be added to the schedule of rotating meeting roles such as timer of the speeches, presenting grace and toast, the word, tip or joke of the day. A mentor will be assigned if you wish to have one.



Roles are rotated amongst the members on a weekly basis:


To receive a Competent Communicator (CC) award, you must complete 10 manual speeches designed to develop your speaking skills one step at a time. Each project builds upon what you have learned in the preceding project. How quickly you move through your speeches is entirely up to you.

Ice Breaker
(4 to 6 minutes) - Begin speaking before an audience by introducing yourself to your fellow Club members and giving them some information about your background, interests and ambitions.
Organize Your Speech
(5 to 7 minutes) - Organize your thoughts into a logical sequence that leads the audience to a clearly defned goal.
Get to the Point
(5 to 7 minutes) - Ensure the beginning, body and conclusion of your speech reinforces your purpose and project sencerity and conviction.
How to Say It
(5 to 7 minutes) - Select precisely the right words required to communicate your ideas clearly and vividly by avoiding lengthy words and sentences and jargon.
Your Body Speaks
(5 to 7 minutes) – Learn the value of gestures, body movements and eye contact as part of a speech and explore the different ways of using body language.
Vocal Variety
(5 to 7 minutes) – Explore the use of voice volume, pitch, rate and quality as assets to your speaking and achieve a pleasing natural voice quality when speaking.
Research Your Topic
(5 to seven minutes) – Collect information about your topic from numerous sources and carefully support points and opinions with specific facts, examples and illustrations.
Get Comfortable With Visual Aids
(5 to 7 minutes) – Learn the value of visual aids in speaking and how to use them effectively in your presentations.
Persuade with Power
(5 to 7 minutes) – Present a talk that persuades the audience to accept your proposal or viewpoint by appealing to the audience’s self-interest, building a logical foundation for agreement and arousing emotional commitment to your cause.
Inspire Your Audience
(8 to 10 minutes) – Understand the mood and feelings of your audience on a particular occasion and put those feelings into words and inspire the audience, using all the techniques you have learned so far.
Advanced Communication and Leadership Program

The CC is just the first step in the learning process. You can earn additional recognition by participating in the Advanced Communication and Leadership Program (AC – Bronze, Silver and Gold). Each level of the AC program consists of two manuals of 5 speeches from the following:

The Entertaining Speaker
Speaking to Inform
Public Relations
The Discussion Leader
Specialty Speeches
Speeches by Management
The Professional Speaker
Technical Presentations
Persuasive Speaking
Communicating on Television
Storytelling
Interpretive Reading
Interpersonal Communications
Special Occasion Speeches
Humorously Speaking
If you have any questions, ask any of our Club members. We would be happy to provide you with the answers.

 


OTHER TYPICAL QUESTIONS

 

You can attend as a guest for free and return as a guest as many times as you want. 

 

 

 

No Dress Code 

 

No one will "force you to speak" 

You will be asked to participate such as offer coments on what you think of the meeting.

 

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