Where leaders are made
Toastmasters International, founded in 1924, is a proven way regarded as the leading organization dedicated to communication and leadership skill development. As a member, you will get all the tools, resources and support you need.
Through its worldwide network of clubs, Toastmasters currently helps 313,000 people communicate effectively and achieve the confidence to lead others. Why pay thousands of pounds or dollars for a seminar or class when you can join a Toastmasters club for a fraction of the cost and have fun in the process?
What’s in it for you?
Toastmasters is a place where you develop and grow – both personally and professionally. You join a community of learners, and in Toastmasters meetings we learn by doing. Whether you’re an executive, a college student or a retiree, you will improve yourself, building skills to express yourself in a variety of situations. You’ll open up a world of new possibilities; giving better work presentations; leading meetings – and participating in them – more confidently; speaking more smoothly off the cuff; even handing one-to-one interactions with family, friends and colleagues more positively.
How does it work?
The environment in a Toastmasters club is friendly and supportive. Everyone at a Toastmasters meeting feels welcome and valued – from complete beginners to advanced speakers. In a club meeting, you practice giving prepared speeches as well as brief impromptu presentations. There is no rush and no pressure. The Toastmasters program allows you to progress at your own pace.
Constructive evaluation is central to the Toastmasters philosophy. Each time you give a prepared speech, an evaluator will point out strengths as well as suggest improvements. Receiving – and giving – such feedback is a great learning experience. In Toastmasters, encouragement and improvement go hand-in-hand.
You won’t regret it
Become the speaker and leader you want to be. Confident, charismatic leaders weren’t born that way. Toastmasters members learn to tell their story. They listen and answer. Through our community of learners, they find their path to leadership.
Imagine how you’d feel if you could confidently speak at a meeting, answer the unexpected question, give a presentation or propose a toast, all without feeling really nervous?
Good leaders are good communicators
Anyone who is a strong leader has to first be an effective communicator. In Toastmasters you will hone your speaking skills and you will develop leadership abilities – through evaluations, listening, mentoring, serving as a club officer and filling roles in club meetings. You will take those leadership skills out into the world, running businesses, mentoring youths, organizing fund-raisers, coaching teams and heading up families.
When you can speak more confidently in public, you will also be more in control of the event, an unfamiliar situation, an awkward question, a computer problem, a late arrival – none of these will faze you once you’ve developed self-confidence in public speaking skills at Cass Business School Toastmasters Club.
Over time, you will develop skills by preparing for and engaging in various projects contained in two manuals – Competent Communication (CC) and Competent Leadership (CL) – and you can then move on to any one of 15 more advanced manuals, as you choose.
Cass Toastmasters is Club #01182993; Area 33; Division L; District 71,