City of London Toastmasters (or City Speakers as we’re sometimes called) is part of a larger global organisation called Toastmasters International.
Toastmasters International helps people to achieve their full potential and realise their dreams. Through member clubs, people can improve their communication and leadership skills. With over 8,000 clubs worldwide, Toastmasters International is the leading movement devoted to making effective oral communication a worldwide reality.
Why join Toastmasters?
Approximately 90-95% of Toastmasters joined because they had to address a small group of people from time to time. In many cases, the group was as small as 6-8 people.In this type of situation, for example a departmental meeting, a member may have had the knowledge, but lacked the know how when it came to communicating his or her ideas to other members of the group. In the warm, friendly atmosphere of a Toastmasters Club, members have found that they overcame nerves, gained tremendous confidence and assertiveness andwere able to motivate their fellow workers. Even if you are not involved in business, you can still gain from membership of Toastmasters.
Currently looking for another job? A housewife? A teacher? A retired person? An employee who has passed all the promotion exams, but doesn’t have the confidence to take a leadership position? Are your views sought after and respected at meetings? Think of the pleasure, satisfaction and stimulation you will derive from association with other people like yourself – part of the lively and interesting interaction with other members of a Toastmasters Club.
The Benefits of Membership
Whatever your goals in life may be, your success depends on your ability to communicate. Individuals who can express their ideas – so that they are heard,understood and acted upon – possess one of the primary qualities of leadership. Join a Toastmasters Club and embark on a programme that will multiply your communication and leadership skills. Over three million people have benefited from participating in Toastmasters. There are over two thousand current members in 110 Clubs in the UK and Ireland. You, too, can gain these same benefits – benefits that will change your life.
As a Toastmaster, you will learn how to:
Overcome the initial nervousness everyone feels when called upon to speak before an audience. Organise and present your ideas logically and convincingly. Improve your ability to listen to other people’s ideas and evaluate them. Develop self-confidence that will radiate in every situation involving other people. Club Members have a wealth of experience to offer each other and it’s not expensive. Toastmasters is a not-for-profit organisation. Membership costs about the same as a night school course.
How it works …
Toastmasters International helps men and women learn the arts of speaking, listening and thinking – vital skills in today’s world. Why not come along to the next meeting of the Toastmasters Club near you? Whether male or female, if you are over 18 you will be made most welcome. Please feel free to attend any Club meeting or indeed several Club meetings without any obligation whatsover. New Toastmasters gradually work their way through a series of short speeches. You work at your own pace, with no pressure, and there is always plenty of help available. In the process, you will learn how to organise a speech, how to use gestures, how to speak with conviction and sincerity and how to motivate your audience.
You’re amongst friends …
Your local Toastmasters Club is not a classroom: it is a “learn-by-doing” workshop in which you will develop your Communication and Leadership skills among a group of friends, people who are there for the same reason you are. This shared commitment to a worthwhile goal gives Toastmasters Clubs a special energy. Members draw strength from one another and take pride in helping each other grow and develop in an atmosphere of fellowship and enjoyment. This spirit of camaraderie and mutual support is one of the most satisfying benefits of Toastmasters Membership. It also makes learning educational and fun! As you get started, your Toastmasters Club will provide you with someone to help you with your first few projects. You can rely on this experienced member for advice and guidance for she/he has faced the same challenges you are facing and understands how you feel. The other members of the Club are also there to help you become an accomplished communicator.
Here is a sample of what new Toastmasters have said:
“Four months ago, I joined Toastmasters, after almost a year of scraping together enough courage to do so. And now, the change in my life is nothing short of miraculous. Life has become so much more – more to experience, more to live for, more fun. My personal and career goals have shifted, too.”
“Because my fellow members have been so supportive, I managed to overcome my shyness, speak before audiences and discover my potential as a leader.”