Toulouse Speakers – Toastmasters Club

What is Toastmasters?

Toastmasters is a worldwide non-profit-making educational organization founded in the United States in 1924 dedicated to improving its members’ communication and leadership skills (see History). We currently have 313.000 members, 16.400 clubs, 141 countries, (see Toastmasters International). Members are comprised of people from all walks of life, including business people, professionals and students.

Every Toastmasters club follows the same time-tested educational programs. These programs are continually updated to meet participants’ needs. The self-paced programs allow members to progress as rapidly or gradually as one’s needs dictate.
Toulouse Speakers club is a Toastmasters Public Speaking club dedicated to Beginner and Advanced Speakers. All meetings are hold in English. At Toulouse Speakers, members learn by speaking in front of an audience and working with fellow members in a supportive environment.

How does it work?  

A typical meeting is attended by more than 20 members and guests who meet every two weeks on Mondays from19:00 to 21:30. In each Toastmasters meeting, members can take different meeting roles.
Each meeting gives everyone an opportunity to practice:

Prepared speech – members present speeches based on projects from the Toastmasters International Communication manuals. Projects cover such topics as speech organization, voice, language, gestures, persuasion, etc…

Impromptu speaking – members present one-to two-minute speeches on assigned topics without prior preparation. It helps to train speakers to think on their feet.

Evaluations – Every prepared speaker is assigned an evaluator who points out speech strengths and offers suggestions for improvement. Speech Evaluators learn to provide effective and constructive feedback to others. 
Leadership cannot be learned in a day. It takes practice. At Toastmasters members build leadership skills by organizing and conducting meetings and motivating others to help them. Just as Toastmasters members learn to speak simply by speaking, they learn leadership by leading.Video: the club experience.
Toastmasters Educational Program has successfully trained millions of people since 1924 ! Guests are welcome to attend for free, members have to pay a one time fee of 25 euros and 40 euros as a membership fee every semester. 

 The Toastmasters Journey

Each member follows a basic program of 10 speeches that are designed to improve different aspects of public speaking, like the speech structure, vocal variety, gestures (see educational program). In every meeting, speakers give prepared speeches or practice impromptu speaking and each speaker gets evaluated through valuable feedback (see video meeting sample). On successfully finishing a program, an official certificate from the US HQ is issued to the member.


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