Calling all leaders…or potential leaders. The Hills Toastmasters Club is a local centre for leadership and communication development.
Originally the Toastmasters concept began as a series of speaking clubs organised by Ralph C. Smedley, who was the director of education at the YMCA in Bloomington, Illinois, in the United States. Smedley saw a need for the men in the community to learn how to speak, conduct meetings, plan programs and work on committees, and he wanted to help them. Following the first meeting in 1905, Toastmasters has grown into a major international movement that has developed through a century of refinement.
The Hills Toastmasters Club is part of the global network of clubs within Toastmasters International. The name ‘Toastmaster’ refers to the person who gives toasts at banquets and other occasions, and one focus of the club is public speaking. The club offers a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere in which members can develop their communication and organisation skills. However, the overall emphasis of the club’s activities is to support the development of leadership and communication through an affordable, non-threatening and personalised training program. The club offers extensive resources, mentoring and opportunities to polish different aspects of the leader’s craft.
The Hills Toastmasters Club is a non-profit club that meets every first and third Wednesday evenings at Emerald Community House, 356 Belgrave-Gembrook Road, Emerald. This is a very fitting central location as the vision of the Community House is to continue to be a place where connections are made and opportunities are realised. Each Toastmasters club meeting is structured to encourage members and guests to take up different roles to support each other’s development. Roles range from simply observing, or being the person who welcomes others at arrival time, to giving a speech, evaluating a speech, taking minutes, organising supper, or overseeing the whole meeting as Toastmaster.
Meetings typically begin with fun warm-up exercises that encourage quick thinking and impromptu speaking. Later in the meeting, three or four members may give prepared speeches of five to ten minutes.
The tone is relaxed and nurturing, allowing each person to build confidence with each speaking assignment. Those who want to go on with their development can choose to take on roles with the club executive, or assist with the organising of the program, including speechcraft courses, speech competitions, debates, liaison with external groups, social functions, or other educational and community events. Every member of The Hills Toastmasters Club has the option of a having a mentor to support his or her progress. Toastmasters see leadership as the art of understanding the needs of others and guiding them to achieve common goals. To do so, you need to communicate effectively and inspire people to work as a team. Toastmasters can help you do both by learning leadership theories and putting them into practice in everyday community situations.
The Hills Toastmasters Club welcomes visitors. Observing a meeting in action is one of the best ways to see what Toastmasters can offer.
More information can be obtained by contacting the club on:
Tel: 0412 342 233
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