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Speaking in front of a room full of people is not most peoples’ idea of a good time. In fact studies indicate that 3 out of 4 people, around the world, fear public speaking. That makes public speaking mankind's most commonly held fear - even surpassing fear of dying.
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Overcoming that fear by learning how to organize and present a speech properly, with clarity and confidence can be both personally and professionally rewarding and quite enjoyable when done in a friendly, supportive environment. A Toastmasters’ club is just that – a friendly, supportive place to learn and practice public speaking and leadership skills.
Since its beginning on October 22, 1924 at the YMCA in Santa Ana, California Toastmasters has helped more than 4 million men and women build self-confidence and master the skills to communicate effectively. Today Toastmasters International serves more than 345,000 active members through a growing network of more than 15,900 clubs in 142 countries around the world
The Competent Communication study program is a self-paced program consisting of 10 speech projects. Each project builds on the lessons learned in previous projects allowing the club member to develop speaking skills one step at a time. Following each presentation a fellow club member will provide both a verbal and a written evaluation to offer encouragement and helpful advice to make public speaking more comfortable and effective. (more...)
After completing the basic manual and receiving recognition as a Competent Communicator, you can work in the Advanced Communication Series manuals where you’ll refine and enhance your speaking skills. There are 15 manuals, each containing five speech projects. Many of the manuals are career-oriented. You choose the manuals you want to develop specific skills for personal growth and to enhance your career. (more...)
Members working in the leadership track learn and practice leadership skills by serving in a variety of club roles. The self-paced program consists of 10 projects. Each project has one or more tasks focusing on specific aspects of effective leadership. A club member will provide written feedback on each project, helping you to develop the skills and confidence to step forward and realize your potential. (more...)