Toastmasters Mission: To provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.
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History: TI (Toastmasters International) is a non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors elected by the membership. The first Toastmasters club was established on October 22, 1924, in Santa Ana, California, by Dr. Ralph C. Smedly, who conceived of and developed the idea of helping others to speak more effectively.
More clubs formed, and TI was incorporated on December 19, 1932.
Today, TI's services are administered by it's world headquarters, located in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. It employs no paid promoters or instructors. It has no salaried staff except the Executive Director and World Headquartered Staff.
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How Toastmasters works:
- Toastmasters International uses time-tested programs that are continually updated to meet participants’ needs.
- Self-paced programs allow you to progress as rapidly or gradually as your needs dictate.
- The Toastmasters program is cost effective, especially when compared to seminars charging hundreds of dollars per day.
- The new member fee is $20 as a one-time expense, TM international fees are $36 and local clubs fees $15, both every six months.
- An atmosphere of professional camaraderie makes your Toastmasters Club a unique learning environment -- informal, yet dedicated to learning.
- The Toastmasters program can be tailored to meet your personal objectives.
- Whether you desire improvement in prepared or impromptu speaking, greater skill in the use of visual aids, experience and knowledge is to be gained in the areas that most interest you.
- Each new Toastmaster receives a New Member Kit. The kit features a copy of the basic Communication and Leadership manual, general orientation materials and information regarding skill improvement in areas such as speech evaluation and the use of gestures.
- The initial prepared speeches, as outlined in the basic Communication and Leadership program manual, are designed with the new Toastmaster in mind.
A variety of assigned speeches help the participant develop competency in areas such as organization, voice inflection and persuasiveness.
After giving a prepared speech, each Toastmaster receives a constructive speech evaluation. This process recognizes speakers for their strengths and provides valuable insight into areas that could use work.
Upon completion of the basic Communication and Leadership program, Toastmasters may participate in the Advanced Communication and Leadership program. Participants may choose from specific business oriented topics such as Speeches by Management and Technical Presentations.
- Workshop style Success/Leadership programs are also available, offering opportunities for further skill development in areas such as leadership, public speaking and conducting business meetings. These programs are especially effective as in-house training and can be tailored to meet the needs of your company.
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