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How Toastmasters Can Help You

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on July 25, 2010

Professional Women’s Group recently started a Toastmasters Gavel Club. Professional Women’s Group coordinator Cherilyn Washington suggested to the ladies that having a Toastmaster Gavel Club would be a good idea.  She explained, ” No matter what your goal in life may be,  it’s necessary to communicate with others. Your communication skills may be the only thing that separates you from your competitor.  Whether you’re a professional, a student, a stay at home parent, or a retiree, Toastmasters is the best way to improve your communication skills.”

Ms. Washington stated, ” Toastmasters can help you lose the fear of public speaking and learn skills that will help you be more successful in your chosen endeavors.  Several members have presented their first speech before the group.  The women who are participating now are learning new skills by filling vital roles during the meeting, ranging from giving a prepared speech or an impromptu one to serving  as timer, evaluator or grammarian. There is no instructor; instead, each speech and meeting is critiqued by a member in a positive manner, focusing on what was done right and what could be improved.

Around the world more than three million men and women of all ages and occupations have benefited from Toastmasters training, and more than one thousand corporations, community groups, universities, associations, and government agencies now use Toastmasters training to enhance their communication skills.

Toastmasters International has grown from its humble beginning in a 1924 at YMCA in Santa Ana, California.  The Toastmasters organization has become a world leader in helping people become more competent and comfortable in front of an audience.   The nonprofit organization now has nearly 250,000 members in more than 12,500 clubs in over 106 countries, offering a proven – and enjoyable! – way to practice and hone communication and leadership skills.

Toastmasters provide the tools that enable us to become effective communicators and leaders, all at a very low-cost.    Toastmasters training helps everyone:

  • It helps us give better presentations, even  if it is only a request to the boss for a raise.
  • It helps to hone our management skills.
  • It helps us to work better with fellow employees. Often listening to what they have to say will help your day at the office  go a little smoother.
  • You may have invented the better mouse trap. Toastmasters will help you effectively develop and present your ideas.
  • Toastmasters offers constructive criticism, to help you effectively develop and present your ideas and help you make the changes that lead to better communications.
  • Toastmaster will help you to accept criticism more objectively.
  • Toasmasters produces results.

When and Where

St. Charles PWG, every 1st Monday of the month, 7-8pm at the Connections to Success Campus

170 N Second St.

St. Charles, MO

3rd Monday of the month 7-8pm  at St. Louis PWG (Jubliee Community Church)

4231 N Grand

St. Louis, MO 63107


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