Imagine this! You're sitting in a room with your colleagues and suddenly you start to experience what appears to be the symptoms of a heart attack. Your mouth is dry, you can't focus, your hands are sweating, your breathing faster than normal, your heart is pounding so loudly that you can hear and feel it as if it's going to jump out of your chest, your stomach has a grinding, tingling sensation like butterflies trying to be released. Your eyes desperately search for the door, wanting to escape, leaving this room and colleagues behind but you can't. You're up next to make a presentation. Have you ever experienced these symptoms? Rest assured, you are not alone. Ask anyone you encounter if they would be willing to give a speech and chances are there would be very few who would volunteer. This is one of dilemmas that is facing members of our societies today. We want our voices to be heard but are too frightened or lack confidence to let our words ring out, but there is assistance available – You only need to know where to look.
Since 1924, Toastmasters International has assisted millions of men and women become more confident in front of an audience. Currently, there are 352,000 members, 16,400 clubs in 141 countries. Our network of clubs and their hands-on, learn-by-doing approach is sure to assist you in becoming a better speaker and leader. The cost is extremely reasonable as well! For $7.50 a month, one can participate in club meetings, contest and leadership roles. Why pay thousands of dollars for one seminar when you can have continued learning and practice in a Toastmasters club all while having fun in the process?
What's in it for you?
Toastmasters provides you with the tools and support necessary to improve your skills while acquiring confidence to effectively express yourself in any situation. Whether you are a professional, student, stay-at-home parent or retiree, Toastmasters is the most efficient, enjoyable and affordable way of gaining great communication skills. By learning to effectively formulate and express your ideas, you open an entirely new world of possibilities. You'll be more persuasive and confident when giving presentations as well as improve your one-on-one dealings with others.
How does it work?
Each member is provided with educational manuals. In an environment that is friendly and supportive, members tell their stories as a speech. In this self-paced program, you build confidence with each speaking assignment and you'll be further encouraged through the support of your club members! Each speaker receives a constructive evaluation, pointing out strengths and areas to improve, thus assisting members in perfecting their skills. Initially, you'll be applauded for your effort; later you'll be applauded for your skill as you gather more confidence and finesse in public speaking.
How do I get involved?
Joining a Toastmasters club is easy. Go to the Toastmasters website at www.toastmasters.org/find. Visitors to the website can view the closest local club and select the one most convenient club, then attend a meeting and apply for membership. (Applicants must be 18 or older.) New clubs can be started with permission and assistance from Toastmasters International as well as District Directors.
For more information, Contact: CGD@D53TM.org