What can you expect at a Toastmasters meeting? Part 2/2
When you come along to your first meeting you’re warmly welcomed at the door. All members have a role for the evening whether its the Toatmaster, ah counter (counting all your ehs, ahs, ums), timekeeper, speaker or evaluator. There are many roles that make up the meeting.
The first session is an opportunity to take part in table topics. If you are picked you get the chance to deliver an impromptu 2 minute speech on any given subject by the Table Topic Master. If you’re a guest you can politely decline. It’s a great way to get you thinking on the spot and you soon start to learn the skills of communicating effectively on any subject.
The second part of the meeting is for prepared speeches where 4 members (all at their own level) each deliver a speech- whether they are working through the competent communication manual or one of the advanced manuals. You will notice throughout the meeting everyone who has a role receives feedback.
It’s competition season at Toastmasters where clubs all over the world compete in club competition, area, district and the world finals!
Every March Toastmasters members get the opportunity to compete in the International Speech and the Evaluation contest. It’s a great way to improve yourself even further as competing in the competition makes you focus that little bit more.
This year I won both the International and Evaluation contest at the Glasgow Toastmasters club. yayyyyy!
I came 2nd in the Evaluation and 3rd in the Speech contest at the area level. The top 2 places go through to the next level Divison Scotland so I’ll be competing (TODAY!! 24 April 2016) in the Evaluation contest at the Divison Scotland competition in the Tron Theatre Glasgow.
Looks to be a really fun day with a workshop in the afternoon ‘Credibility Killers and how to avoid them’ then the Speech and Evaluation competitions. I’ll post a blog in the next few days about the event and provide insight and tips from the fabby workshop.
*Update* 25 April- I came 2nd place in the Evaluation Contest at Division Scotland. The speeches were recorded – I’ll upload when I get it. Always good to get feedback 🙂
One of my favourite Toastmasters speeches at the mo is the World International Speech competition winner from 2014 – Dananjaya Hettiarachi- ‘I see something’. Def worth a watch!
Pop along to your local Toastmasters club
I can honestly say Toastmasters is one of the best places to go if you want to improve your communication or leadership skills in anyway or even if you just want to be around like minded positive people. Glasgow Toastmasters is an amazing club with some of the nicest and most interesting people you’ll ever meet. You’ll not only improve your communication and leadership skills but you’ll have many laughs and meet really good friends along the way.
You always learn something new every single time- guaranteed!
The above is only just a glimpse of what Toastmasters has to offer.
If you want to get in touch about Glasgow Toastmasters, I’m always happy to chat- drop me an email firstname.lastname@example.org