What is Toastmasters?
It’s a club for people who want to improve their communication skills in preparing and delivering speeches and impromptu speaking, for example to help you be more confident when you are asked a question at meetings.
Who goes to Toastmasters?
All sorts of people from all ages and backgrounds. Some people come along because they are really apprehensive about public speaking and giving presentations, they want to practice and improve in a friendly supportive environment. Others may have some speaking experience and want to build on that talent.
What are the club meetings like?
Each meeting has an agenda and is chaired by someone who runs the agenda and keeps everything to time. This person is called the “Toastmaster”. There are normally 3 prepared speeches by club members who are working through improving different aspects of giving a speech. The idea of the club is learn by doing. Some evenings one of these speeches may be a training session on a topic that have been requested related to improving your communication. There is also a section of the evening where we practice impromptu speaking where people get asked a question and speak on the topic for 1-2 minutes. This is called “Table topics”. All speeches and Table topics are evaluated and the speakers are given feedback on what came across really well and areas for improvement.
No one has to speak at the meetings if they don’t want to and guests can attend up to 3 sessions free.
I am interested what should I do next?
Just turn up to the next meeting. These are at 7pm (come along a bit early as the meeting starts at 7pm sharp!) on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at the North Inch Community Campus. Meetings take place in a conference room just off the library. The reception team at the Community Campus who will direct you, helpful if we’ve had to change room. If you‘d like to phone someone for a chat or for directions before you come along then ring Nick on 07881 950792. We are a friendly bunch and love welcoming new guests, we’ve all been guests at one stage so understand the nerves of stepping into the room!