What is a TOASTMASTER? Created and Presented by Connie Piggott Monday, December 10, 2012
A basement brainstorm• Began in 1924, in the basement of a YMCA , in Santa Ana CA• Was created by Director of YMCA Ralph Smedley for you young patronsthat needed “training in the art of public speaking and in presiding overmeetings.• Toda y with more than 13,000 clubs and more than 270,000 members in116 countries, Ralph Smedley’s “basement brainstorm” continues to thrivein the 21st century.
What is Toastmasters?Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organizationthat teaches public speaking and leadership skills through aworldwide network of meeting locations.Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, theorganization has more than 280,000 members in 13,500 clubs in116 countries.Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people of allbackgrounds become more confident in front of an audience.
Who is Toastmasters for? Looking to develop speaking and leadership skills? Win that job interview? Ignite your career?• Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development.• Members improve their speaking and leadership• Membership in Toastmasters is one of the greatest investments you can make in yourself.
Benefits of Toastmasters The Toastmasters program offers many benefits that help people in all walks of life.As a result of participating in Toastmasters, you will:• Increase your self-confidence• Become a better speaker• Become a better leader• Communicate more effectively
How does it work?• A Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no- pressure atmosphere.• Toastmasters membership is about being part of a supportive group of individuals in your local area who share the common goal of improving their communication and leadership skills.• From meeting roles and mentoring to speech contests and satellite programs, Toastmasters International offers a host of ways for members to progress and thrive.
What happens at a meeting?Toastmaster – chairs meetingTable Topics Master – provides impromptu speaking assignments for meetingGrammarian / um and ah counter – tracks filler words and grammar errors ifrecognized and provides reportTimer – times speaking assignments and provides reportsSpeaker 1 – speaking assignmentsEvaluator 1 – evaluate Speaker 1General Evaluator- introduce report providers and meeting evaluationWord Master/ Thought for the Day –provide word with definition and use insentence and quote or food for thought
Clubs in Chatham - KentChatham-Kent Club•Open to public- meets Monday NightsChatham on the Thames•Open to public- Friday at lunchtimeUnion Gas•Closed to Union Gas employees
How to start a club!• Find at least twenty people who want to improve their communication and leadership skills.• Determine a meeting location to get together for about an hour a week.• Fill out the applicable forms• Schedule your first official meeting.• Request a New Club Information Kit by submitting this form to get more information on starting a Toastmasters group. It’s as simple as that!• Contact the district leader so they can support your efforts, as needed. For areas not assigned to a district, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to start a club!Details:• $125: One-time chartering fee• $20: New-member fee per person• $36: Six months membership dues per person ($27 for clubs not in a district)• Each group can charge supplementary dues to help cover expenses, if needed
Membership Benefits• $60.00 for six months• Toastmaster Magazine• Weekly meetings 1 hour• First 2 Assignment books• Second level – 2 assignments books• Letters of recognition for employers• Certificates• Competitions