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WHERE LEADERS ARE MADE
WHERE LEADERS ARE MADE

  1. Learn about yourself: the club provides you with an objective for each speech that you prepare and present, but the rest is up to you. Since you can talk about most anything that interests you, it's a great chance to share your interests with the audience and learn where your natural skills lie, and what you can improve with some practice.
  2. Learn about others: as you observe speeches from other members of the club, you will learn things about others that you would almost certainly not learn otherwise. Why is one person afraid of bananas? Why is another no longer allowed to cook in her own kitchen? Come to the meetings and find out!
  3. Practice makes… better: while no one in the club has aspirations of becoming a world-renowned, professional public speaker, we all welcome the chance to get a little bit more comfortable speaking to a group. Is there anyone who might not benefit from being more seasoned at answering questions "on-the-fly" or presenting an organized presentation to an audience?
  4. Gain confidence: part of what can make any sort of public speaking very intimidating is that we lack the confidence to gather our thoughts, and express them clearly to a group. Confidence grows incrementally every time you get up and speak to audience, whether in a formal speech or simply to convey your thoughts to a small group.
  5. Professional development: Honing presentation and speaking skills is a valuable goal and the acquisition of those skills a desirable element of professional development.
  1. Personal development: verbal, non-verbal, and written communication skills are all very handy skills on the job, and outside of the work environment, too. The ability to communicate clearly is a nearly universally valued skill, of course very marketable on the job and equally important outside of the office.
  2. You learn to think on your feet: have you ever been asked a question, for which you didn’t have an answer, but you needed to think on your feet and offer a coherent answer “on the spot”? It happens quite often, of course, and in Toastmasters we practice this skill in every single meeting.
  3. You learn to listen effectively: while the speaking side of Toastmasters gets the most attention, you also improve your skills in the other half of any communication – listening.
  4. You learn leadership skills: while the speech-giving side of Toastmasters gets the most attention, you also have an opportunity to gain leadership skills by fulfilling any number of roles that allow every meeting to run smoothly.
  5. It’s fun: It’s fun, too! A great outlet to share your creative side, a neat way to learn more about others, and not a meeting goes by that we don’t all share a laugh together. Come check out a meeting as a Guest! If you see how you can benefit from being a part of our club, join us as a Member!
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