What is Toastmasters? “Join Toastmasters. Oral communications What happens at a meeting? In 1924, Dr. Ralph Smedley began skills count. Height and hair color may be A typical club meeting will include: in the genes, but public speaking isn’t. weekly practice meetings to help people A short business meeting One good answer to the public speaking overcome their fear of speaking in Impromptu speaking known as Table public. Today, his idea has developed problem is Toastmasters. They do a Topics into the world’s largest organization fabulous job of helping people shape up their communication skills.” Prepared speeches devoted to communication and Evaluations/Feedback to help us leadership development. There are over improve 211,000 members comprising 10,500 Tom Peters, Author In Search of Excellence Toastmasters take turns facilitating the clubs in 90 countries supporting the goal meetings and learning how to organize to make effective oral communication a and The Pursuit of Wow! ______________ agendas. worldwide reality. Your confidence will grow through the District 6 Toastmasters, serving How does it work? encouragement, support and constructive Minnesota and Northwestern Ontario, In Toastmasters, members learn by feedback you get from fellow members. was chartered in 1937. It includes 250+ studying the manuals, practicing, and Toastmasters is a self-directed program and clubs with over 4500 members. The helping one another. Learning takes place you can be as active as you like. mission of the District is to enhance the in a supportive club environment. You performance and extend the network of learn by doing and receiving positive clubs, thereby offering ever greater immediate feedback. numbers of people the opportunity to benefit from Toastmasters’ programs. Many people are uncomfortable giving presentations, while others suffer from Through its member clubs, Toastmasters sweaty palms, dry throat, and butterflies. helps men and women learn the arts of Toastmasters can help people become speaking, listening, and thinking – vital comfortable about public speaking. Club skills that promote self-actualization, meetings are workshops where you enhance leadership potential, foster practice communication and leadership human understanding, and contribute to skills with others who are there for the You’ll improve just by speaking regularly. the betterment of mankind. The ability same reason. Members are able to practice But the key to the Toastmasters learn-by- to speak in a clear and effective manner speaking in front of an audience. doing program is constructive evaluation. An is a powerful skill. assigned evaluator will point out your The mission of a Toastmasters club is to presentation’s strengths and offer provide a mutually supportive and suggestions for improving your next speech. positive learning environment in which At first you’ll be recognized for your effort; every member has the opportunity to later you’ll be recognized for your skills. develop communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth. “I’ve never met anyone who didn’t think How much does it cost? Toastmasters was super valuable to To become a member, there is a one-time their career. We gain self-esteem, self- materials charge of $20.00 and monthly Toastmasters International dues of $4.50. Dues cover educational confidence, and assertiveness. This materials and a monthly subscription to is the leading organization makes us better salespeople, better managers, better leaders…” the Toastmaster magazine. All clubs have devoted to Effective club dues to cover local operating Harvey Mackay, Author expenses; the average is $2.00/month. Communication and Swim With the Sharks Dues are paid at the same time every 6 Leadership Development. months. ______________ H2O MASTERS CLUB #1440 Leadership Opportunities Meeting Location is Culligan, You can’t learn to be a leader in a day; it 6030 Culligan Way in Minnetonka takes practice. In Toastmasters you’ll (off of 62 Crosstown & Baker Rd.) build leadership skills by organizing and conducting meetings and motivating The club meets from 7:30-8:30 AM others to help you. You can also build on the second and fourth leadership skills by working on a project Tuesdays of the month related to your personal or professional life, or by serving as a leader in Toastmasters. Each club has officers, For information about the which direct its activities. Toastmasters program, contact : District 6 Toastmasters After you’ve been a Toastmasters Sue Tinklenberg at 952-949-2276 Imagine… Dream… Transform member for a while and completed or Allen Fisher at 952-240-0765 2008-2009 numerous speeches, you may decide on www.d6tm.org www.d6tm.org additional challenges—entering speech Click on “Find a Club” to see a contests, becoming a club officer, or even joining the Speakers Bureau. The club listing by city Toastmasters Speakers Bureau is Come Visit designed to provide speaking H20 Masters opportunities outside the club setting. CLUB #1440 Organizations can contact District 6 www.h2omasters.org Toastmasters to request a speaker.