Enjoy the opportunity to learn about public speaking and leadership. If it is the first time you join our club, come to a session, just take a seat and see what happens; We learn by observing and doing.
If you know how session works, ask for available roles and do not forget to give feedback to the people on stage!
Our club offers 3 types of opportunities to come on stage and practise :
1) Deliver impromptu speeches with Table Topics
2) Deliver feedback or animate meeting
3) Deliver prepared speeches
1- Deliver impromptu speeches with Table Topics
Table topics is always an opportunity, without any registration, to talk about any topic during one to two minutes. If we are not inspired by the theme of the day, we stay free to talk about the subject of our choice.
Table Topics Master: He/she proposes a topic and animate the time slot dedicated to impromptu speeches.
Table Topics Evaluator: provides feedback to people having delivered an impromptu speech
2 - Deliver feedback or animate meeting
Different roles are required to run a session. This is also an opportunity to come on stage (to explain our role) as well as to develop our skills in giving feedback. The easier role is timekeeper, then body language and grammarian. Here is a short description of the different roles:
Toastmaster of the day: Has organised the session, ensure we have volunteers for all the roles. Leads the session, introduces the speakers, ensures the smooth running, the good atmosphere.
Timer: Ensures that we respect the time allocations from the agenda.He/She uses 3 color cards (Red, Amber, Green) to inform speakers if they are on time (G), needs to conclude (A), or over time (Red).
Grammarian and “Ah” counter: Provides feedback regarding language mistakes. Count the number of times people use parasite words (euh, ah, so…). Propose a “word of the day” to be used as often as possible by speakers
Body Language Evaluation Role: provide feedback regarding the quality of non verbal communication (posture, movement, eyes contacts etc…)
Speaker Evaluator: Deliver feedback to someone having delivered a prepared speech
General Evaluator: provide feedback on the overall meeting (atmosphere, preparation, animation) and on the quality of the feedback provided by the other evaluators
3 - Deliver prepared speeches (and so take the role of Speaker)
Once familiar with our meetings and if the approach suits you, we warmly invite you to consider preparing speech because it is the most efficient way to progress. You will receive a dedicated evaluation based on progress done and area of improvement.
Step 0 - Icebreaker: in 4 to 6 min you will present yourself the way you choose to.
Step 1 - Start a guided communication & leadership skills development path using Pathways from Toastmaster platform
- Pathways: advanced digital solutions based on CornerStone (like MyPulse/Learnings) developed by Toastmasters International
- Toastmasters International : non-profit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of promoting communication and public speaking skills
To get access Pathways, you will have to become an official member (a small membership fee is to be paid to Toastmasters International - can be founded back if agreed by your manager as per your development plan).
You will have to select one of the proposed paths according to your objectives and get ready to prepare and deliver speeches (typically 5 to 7 min) during our meetings.