Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Toastmasters Movement

Toastmasters International (here) is a non profit organization that provide opportunities to its members to develop their Communication and Leadership skills.

Since 1924, more than 4 million people all over the world, including Indonesia, have become more confident Speakers and Leaders because of their participation in Toastmasters activities.

Headquartered in Santa Margaritha, California, USA, today Toastmasters International has more than 250,000 members who improve their Public Speaking and Leadership skills by attending one of the 12,500++ Clubs that make up Toastmasters global network of meeting locations.

How Does It Work?
  • A Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a friendly atmosphere. A typical group has 20 to 40 members who meet weekly, biweekly or monthly. A typical meeting lasts 60 – 90 minutes.
  • There is no instructor in a Toastmasters meeting. Instead, members evaluate one another’s presentations. This feedback process is a key part of the program’s success. Meeting participants also give impromptu talks on assigned topics, conduct meetings and develop skills related to timekeeping, grammar and parliamentary procedure.
  • Members learn communication skills by working in the Competent Communication manual, a series of 10 self-paced speaking assignments designed to instill a basic foundation in public speaking.
  • Members also learn leadership skills by taking on various meeting roles and working in the Competent Leadership manual. In our learn-by-doing approach, we don't lecture members about leadership skills; we give them responsibilities and mentoring to help. Then we ask them to lead.
Why should I join?

The Toastmasters program offers many benefits that help people in all walks of life. As a result of participating in Toastmasters, you will:
  • Increase your self-confidence
  • Become a better speaker
  • Become a better leader
  • Communicate more effectively
Membership is affordable – a great value that can change your life that costs less than a dollar a day. Your initial investment:
  • $20 New member fee
  • $27 Dues for six months, plus any club expenses. (Some clubs may charge a nominal fee in addition to the regular dues for items such as meeting space and club supplies.)
More than 4 million people have discovered the benefits of this proven learning formula. What are you waiting for? Joining is easy – just a few simple steps:

Step 1:
Visit a Toastmasters club. You can find clubs near you by using the Meeting Locations tool.
  • Each group has a different personality, so you may wish to visit more than one. Your visit is free, and some clubs may allow you to return as often as you like.
  • It’s easy to find a time and location that works for you. Meetings are held seven days a week, mornings, afternoons and evenings. It’s a good idea to call or email in advance to confirm a group’s meeting time and location.
Step 2:
At the meeting, ask the vice president membership for a membership application and fill it out.

Step 3:
Give your application and dues to the vice president membership at the club.
  • Once you are voted in by the existing membership, the club officer will send your application and fees to Toastmasters’ World Headquarters.
  • Your New Member Kit should arrive in the mail in about two weeks (kits outside of the U.S. may take longer). 
Toastmasters came to Indonesia on October 1979 with the opening of the Jakarta Toastmasters Club that conduct activities every Monday, 7 pm to 9 pm, at Menara Imperium 29th Floor, Jl HR Rasuna Said, South Jakarta.

Today, more than 100 Toastmasters Clubs have been opened in many parts of Indonesia i.e Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, Bali, Medan, Pekanbaru, Batam, Balikpapan and Soroako, Sulawesi.


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smp 3 lembang said...

Great Organization I will Try To find information about this Here in South Sulawesi

Vainit said...

Seru kali ya klu ikutan Toastmasters.. Nambah pengalaman, nambah teman.. Moga saja secepatnya saya bisa gabung :)

SHUDAI AJLANI (dot) COM said...

wah aku baru tau ada yg namanya Toastmasters movement

Boku no Blog said...

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Good Luck,..

Setyo-Utomo Said said...

An interesting information. Knowledge to elevate !

Multibrand said...

I am not sure whether there is a TM Club in South Sulawesi. I'll check it.

Silakan, ini tempat latihan bicara bahasa Inggris yang murah meriah dan banyak ada di Jakarta.

Silakan berkunjung ke club yang saya sebutkan atau yang lainnya.

@Boku No Blog,
Thank you for your visit and comment.

Yes Pak, knowledge to elevate.

WebbieLady said...

It sounds like a very interesting club to join and sounds useful in developing one's ideas and skills.

Multibrand said...

Yes it is very good indeed.

James Feudo said...

Great overview of Toastmasters. Good luck with your club.

- James

Multibrand said...

@James Feudo,
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