DEVELOP YOUR LEADERSHIP AND SPEAKING SKILLS
Come visit Northern Beaches Toastmasters club and join us for an amazing night with a delicious meal and great speeches!!
Is Toastmasters For You?
At Toastmasters you meet new people, make new friends, learn to have a good conversation, master the art of public speaking, learn to be confident and boldly express yourself in front of others, most importantly, you get to learn many 'lessons'.
If you are interested in public speaking, building your confidence in front of an audience, being listened to and enjoyed, learning new techniques for leadership… then Toastmasters is for you.
What Is Toastmasters?
Toastmaster Clubs are diverse and inclusive where we have fun, socialise, deliver speeches and toasts, hone our leadership skills and sometimes even hold contests – all in a structured manner in line with our education program and mission statement of providing a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills. (NB: Members must be at least 18 years old.)
From the first moment a club member experiences the Toastmasters program, they can count on being part of a friendly group of like-minded individuals, who mutually support and encourage one another's personal growth.
What Toastmasters is NOT
Toastmasters is Not-For-Profit!
It is not politically, religiously or culturally affiliated. It is not a club where you only deliver speeches or toasts. It is not a competitive platform where you are competing against each other. It is not an ad-hoc meeting with no structure. It is not only for old people, working people, or people from any specific walk of life. It is not just a social group.
Why Northern Beaches Toastmasters
Northern Beaches Toastmasters Club is a club with a difference. Meeting each month at a different Restaurant along the Northern Beaches, it offers a unique opportunity to develop great leadership and public speaking skills in a friendly and supportive environment.
If you are about to get married and worried about giving a speech, or think that learning how to control your nerves and give great presentations would help you in some other aspects of your life, then Toastmasters is the answer.
We meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at a variety of local restaurants where we share fun, camaraderie and some seriously good food as we learn and progress towards achieving our goals.
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1 - What are the costs involved?If you would like to attend Northern Beaches Toastmasters as a guest you only have to pay $45 to cover the meal cost (the show is for free 😉) and $3 BYO fee if restaurant allows BYO and you bring any drinks. To become a member there’s a one-off $50 joining fee and $80 membership fee every 6 months. Members also have to pay the $45 to cover the meal cost.
2 - What happens at a meeting?a. Firstly, there is an agenda set out for the entire meeting, which is usually themed, and the meeting is run by the Chairman of the meeting. b. Guests are welcomed and sat with an experienced member to guide them through the meeting. c. Table topics is where guests have a chance to participate along with members in doing a 1 minute response to a random question – great practice for impromptu speaking where you can fake it until you make it. d. Prepared speeches, usually 5-7 mins, are presented. e. Speeches and Table Topics responses are evaluated – highlighting what was done well and areas for improvement. All aspects of the meeting are evaluated. f. There is a Timer who times each session, helping us to learn what it is like to speak for 1 minute or 5-7 minutes. g. There will be a Toast and some other smaller roles, such as a Word of the Day, Humour or Mystery Spot, Meal Evaluation. h. There is a 30 minute dinner break in the middle for us to enjoy good food, good beverages of choice and of course, good company!
3 - Do I have to speak in the meeting as a guest?No, you don’t have to, but you can choose to participate in Table Topics if you wish. All you have to do is answer a random question for 1 minute where you can say whatever you want (you can even lie if you don't know what to say, we don’t mind! 😅).
4 - How many times can I attend as a guest?You are not required to join as a member, you can attend as a guest for as long as you want. However, you are only going to get the benefits of the full experience that Toastmasters has to offer if you join as a member and participate in the Pathways program, presenting speeches and honing your leadership skills. Increased confidence and skills comes from the practice offered by being a member.
5 - What happens when I become a member?You will be given the opportunity to have a mentor who will assist you in developing the skills you are seeking as a leader and speaker. An experienced member will give you an introduction session to the Toastmasters online education program Pathways, guiding you through the various flexible options for your development, helping you to choose a Path tailored specifically for your current needs. You will be encouraged to deliver your first speech – your Ice Breaker – soon after becoming a member.