Conquer Your Fear of Public Speaking – Join Toastmasters!

 

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I’ve been an active member of Toastmasters for several years now and up to this day I still get amazed at how so few people know about Toastmasters. It really is true, Toastmasters is the best-kept secret.

Toastmasters has been a huge part of my growth as an individual and that’s why I feel the need to share it with others. I mean, it makes no sense to keep this amazing secret all to myself! That, and I’m also an Ambassador of Toastmasters. ^_^

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What Is Toastmasters?

Toastmasters International or TI is an international organization that helps develop your communication and leadership skills. It was founded by Dr. Ralph Smedley, in the 1920’s in a basement in California, to help young men develop their speaking skills. Now it has 313,000 members, 14,650 clubs, in 126 countries. The aim of TI is to create leaders by providing a healthy atmosphere for growth and improvement.

          Toastmasters International Mission

“We empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.”

My mom invited me to join Toastmasters right after I graduated college. After I attended the first meeting, I was hooked! (Thank you mom!) I thought; this is what I need! I’ve been an active member every since.

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What do we do during a Toastmasters meeting?

Whenever I invite guests to our meetings, they always ask me, “What do you do during club meetings?”

In Toastmasters, the learning process is two-fold:

  • We learn by doing
  • We learn by getting evaluated

TM is one of the most organized groups there is. We follow a program for every meeting. It looks something like this:

  •  Call to Order – usually done by the club president or highest-ranking officer
  • Invocation
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Welcoming of members and guests
  • Introduction of the Toastmaster of the Day aka emcee
  • Word Mastering portion
    • Purpose: Enhance your vocabulary.
    • The Word Master gives 3 new words, defines them and then gives a sample sentence. He/she then encourages the audience to use these new words in a sentence as well. Number of words given can vary in other clubs. Some clubs just have a word of the day.
  • Table topics
    • Purpose: Helps you think and speak on your feet.
    • This is also known as the impromptu speaking portion. The Table Topics Master gives a quote or question and the speaker has 1-2 minutes to elaborate on it. There are many ways to do table topics. For instance, some TT masters use photos instead of quotes/questions.
  • Prepared Speeches – this is where club members deliver prepared speeches based on their current manual.
  • Evaluation Portion – this is where everyone gets evaluated – from the Toastmaster of the day to the all the speakers.
    • Timers report – all speeches are timed. The timers job is to report who went under time or over time
    • Ah-counters report – yes,we count our ah’s and um’s and other “filler words”
    • Grammarian

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Every Toastmasters journey begins with speech number 1. Your growth will depend on your level of participation. But you wont be growing alone. The rest of your Toastmasters family will be there to guide and support you every step of the way. If you attend meetings regularly, deliver speeches, and take your evaluations to heart, then I guarantee that you will really grow as a speaker and leader. Toastmasters is one of the best avenues for growth. Many professional speakers started their careers with Toastmasters. It’s like a fun version of school ^__^

Not all good communicators are leaders. But all leaders should be good communicators.

Investing in your education is the best investment you can make. Invest in yourself, join Toastmasters!

Live a Truly Wealthy life!

-Alex

PS.

If you want to join a Toastmasters club in Cagayan de Oro, or anywhere in the Philippines, contact me here :)

10 Comments on Conquer Your Fear of Public Speaking – Join Toastmasters!

  1. Charry Mae
    January 7, 2015 at 12:17 am (3 years ago)

    Hi! I really want to learn about public speaking and such.. I think my English reading comprehension is exceptional and I have a good-enough writing skills, but when I speak my ideas to straight English, I mostly stutter and lost for words. I have been through English Oral Comm in high school and college and yes, those courses helped me in someways but not totally. I always feel like I should try and currently planning to work part-time (if possible) as a CSR agent just to hone my English speaking skills..

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    • Alex
      January 9, 2015 at 1:11 am (3 years ago)

      Hi Charry!You can take English courses and join Toastmasters! :) Ive been a Toastmaster for a few years now and it has really helped me develop my confidence and improve my communication skills :)

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  2. mae
    February 18, 2015 at 2:12 pm (3 years ago)

    Would like to join. How? I’m in cdo.

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    • Alex
      February 19, 2015 at 11:19 am (3 years ago)

      Hi Mae! Please text/call me at 0917-851-2752. Our next meeting is on Feb 25, 6:30PM at Thai Me Up Capistrano! Hope to see you there! :)

      Reply
  3. MARYKNOLL B. REMEDIOS
    November 24, 2015 at 1:25 am (2 years ago)

    hi I’m Knoll in cdo.

    Please tell me how to join. I’d like to experience and know your various activities. Apart from curiosity sake, I really wanted to learn more and improve my Public Speaking Skills including emceeing. Thank you & God bless! :-)

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    • Alex
      December 30, 2015 at 1:13 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Knoll!

      We have Toastmaster meetings every 6:30PM, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at Thai Me Up, Capistrano. You’re welcome to join us :) May I have your number so we can keep you posted? You may also reach me at avdzeta@gmail.com

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  4. Leanne
    March 27, 2016 at 4:21 am (2 years ago)

    Hi! It has been a while since I’ve started looking for a new area where I can practice my skills in public speaking, then a relative suggested that I try you guys (and I guess that explains why I’m writing this). I’ve always loved the English language. In fact, I’m taking up AB English in Xavier University as a preparation for law school. I joined the university’s debate club, but in about 2 months, I decided to quit because no matter how strong my ideas were, my speaking skills made me very insecure. I stutter. A LOT. I hope to get past that, so I’m looking forward to learn from you :)

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    • Alex
      April 12, 2016 at 6:14 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Leanne! Toastmasters has really helped me a lot in improving my communication skills. I’d like to invite you to join our club meetings. We meet twice a month at Thai Me Up :) You may email me at avdzeta@gmail.com. I hope to hear from you

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  5. joselito o. chavez
    December 8, 2016 at 1:10 pm (12 months ago)

    Good day!!! I would really love to join Toastmaster.. I am presently living here in Cagayan de oro City. Maybe you could help me how to get started.. Thanks..

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    • Alex
      December 11, 2016 at 12:29 am (11 months ago)

      Sure. You’d be very welcome. Here’s the FB page of CDO Central TMC. We met twice a month-every other Tuesday. Hope you can join us by January

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