Benefits of Toastmasters
Toastmasters offers a terrific opportunity to improve both your speaking skills and your confidence in dealing with a variety of situations. Toastmasters gives you the opportunity to learn how to speak in public in a mutually supportive atmosphere in which you will develop confidence and assertiveness.
By participating in Toastmasters, you can realize dramatic improvements in many areas of your life:
· At work, your communication with employer and associates will become more effective and productive.
· At home, interactions with family and friends will be easier, more enjoyable, and more fulfilling.
· In your community, you will become more effective in getting things said, planned, and done.
What Is Toastmasters?
Toastmasters is a world-wide organization that gives its members the opportunity to develop their communication and leadership skills within a supportive environment of like-minded people. More-experienced speakers and leaders are role models demonstrating the fundamentals of verbal communication.
As a member, you practice and improve your skills by following the assignments in the Communication and Leadership manuals. You have the opportunity to practice your skills in a wide variety of roles: as a meeting participant, as a speaker, as a club officer, and as a leader at some of the different levels necessary for an international organization of millions of members.
Through practice within the "laboratory of communication" your club provides, you gain confidence in your abilities in prepared presentations, speaking "on your feet," using visual aids and body language, effective listening, and passing what you learn on to others. The educational material has been rigorously and professionally prepared, used by hundreds of thousands of men and women over the past decades, and improved based on their feedback.
Toastmasters International is an international nonprofit educational organization dedicated to making effective oral communication a worldwide reality. With more than three million members in 80 countries and its headquarters in southern California, the Toastmasters International organization is governed by a Board of Directors representing various clubs and regions around the globe. District 21 Toastmasters is a part of this organization, as summarized by the following hierarchy:
· Regions (such as Region I, includes British Columbia, parts of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming, and Northern California, where Toastmasters International is located )
· District 21 – the following is based on the District 21 web site:
District 21 encompasses all Toastmasters clubs in the province of British Columbia, on the beautiful Western Coast of Canada. With between 4,000 to 5,000 members, District 21 is comprised of 262 clubs throughout the province, and growing...
The first club in District 21 was formed in Victoria. Since then, clubs began to form in Vancouver and surrounding areas, until District 21 became the thriving community that it is today
· Divisions (there are ten divisions within District 21; Tillicum is in Division J)
· Areas (subdivisions of a division; Tillicum is in Area 80)
· Clubs (the core unit of the Toastmasters organization)
· Individual Members (the participants - and benefactors - of the entire organization)
Every group within this structure exists solely to improve the activities offered by the Toastmasters program, and each of the larger groups is dedicated to helping the more local groups and individual clubs realize the Toastmaster vision of effective oral communication.
Do visit us at Tillicum Toastmasters to see what Toastmasters is all about;
we would love to see you!
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