CofC Toastmasters Club
You are Invited. CofC Toastmasters is Open to Everyone.
Below is former CofC President, Judge Alex Sanders, speaking at Toastmasters on February 5th.
The topic was “How an Accident of History a Thousand Years Ago Controls the Way We Speak Today”.
Alex Sanders, has been a lawyer, a legislator, a state senator, Chief Judge of the South Carolina Court of Appeals, and the President of the College of Charleston. He graduated from the University of South Carolina and from the University of Virginia. He taught law at USC and the Harvard Law School. He was a Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He has been the graduation speaker at a number of schools, including the University of South Carolina, Tulane University, the University of Virginia and the College of Charleston.
Agenda (pdf) for Thursday, February 26, 2015 meeting
The College of Charleston Toastmasters Club is open to all faculty, staff, students and the community.
Visitors and Drop-ins are welcome at every meeting.
Feel Free to just stop by to see what happens at our meetings. http://www.cofc5497.org/
- CofC Toastmasters Club meets Thursdays 12:15 p.m.- 1:15 p.m. in Stern 322
Location: Stern Student Center Room 322. 71 George Street. Charleston, SC 29424
- Toastmasters is the Answer
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- Rather Die than Give A Speech? Public Speaking Tips
Tame Your Fear! Believe it or not, your chances of dying of stage fright are extremely slim. You might feel as if you are dying on the stage, but chances are good your audience won’t even notice your wobbly knees and sweating armpits. Even the best speakers were once terrified novices, feeling the same symptoms as you when facing an audience. Fear no more! Toastmasters is the best place to learn, to build your confidence, and to push yourself outside your comfort zone. It’s a safe place where there is no penalty for failure!
What happens at a Toastmasters weekly meeting? Every Toastmaster's Journey Starts with a Single Speech. Start Your Journey
A Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere.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 to create and use an effective meeting agenda.Members learn how to accept and present awards. Red, White and Blue ribbons are awarded at each meeting for the best evaluator, table topics speaker (extemporaneous speaker), and prepared speaker.
What is Toastmasters?
Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Members improve their speaking, leadership skills and teamwork, as well as, learn how to conduct and participate in meetings. Members learn important skills as Motivational Speech Techniques. Toastmasters teaches both communication and leadership skills. People with good communication skills are more likely to be promoted to leadership positions, and good leaders need communication skills to be effective. If you want to be a leader, you have to learn to speak like a leader.
What can we learn through Toastmasters? Members learn by observing, participating and evaluating. Members learn how to speak like a leader. We have manuals, booklets, online information and each other to learn from. In addition to learning how to speak up in a meeting, and give a short prepared talk, members learn how to evaluate a good speech, provide constructive feedback to a speaker, conduct meetings, participate in meetings through practicing various meeting roles.
What is Toastmasters? Toastmasters International is:
- a nonprofit organization,
- comprised of over 250,000 members in over 106 countries,
- represented by over 12,500 clubs, and
- dedicated to excellence in communication and leadership
Most Toastmasters clubs meet weekly for 1-2 hours, and follow a pretty basic agenda:
- Prepared speeches – Members are given opportunities to prepare, rehearse, and then deliver presentations in front of their fellow members.
- Speech evaluations – Whenever you speak in Toastmasters, you receive helpful and supportive evaluations from your peers.
- Impromptu speaking – Members practice speaking “off the cuff” for one or two minutes by responding to general topics of interest (table topics).
Who Joins Toastmasters?
Anyone over the age of 18 can join Toastmasters, provided they have the desire to improve their communication and leadership skills.
Beyond that, Toastmasters members are a diverse group, spanning countries and cultures, and all socio-economic backgrounds.
The Toastmasters International website tells us that:
- 52% of members are female and 48% are male.
- Average annual household income: $85,000-$99,000.
- 30% earn $100,000+ annually.
- 69% of members are between the ages of 35 and 49.
- 82% have a college degree.
- 36% have an advanced degree.
What industries employ Toastmasters?
- 20% Sales, Consulting, Self Employed
- 18% Management
- 15% Finance & Insurance
- 15% Government
- 12% Education
- 20% Other
When Did Toastmasters Start?
The first Toastmasters club was started by Ralph Smedley in Santa Ana, California in 1924 at a local YMCA to meet the need for speech and leadership training for young men. His initial “Ten Lessons in Public Speaking” still forms the core of the Toastmasters educational program as the 10 projects of the Competent Communicator manual. ( It has, of course, been updated and revised many times.) The single club turned into a network of affiliated Toastmasters Clubs as the idea spread throughout southern California. When an affiliated club formed in British Columbia, Toastmasters International was born.
Where Do Toastmasters Meet? Everywhere!
- 11,000 Toastmasters clubs meet in over 90 countries.
- Clubs meet within corporations, in community centers, on university and college campuses, in churches and temples, in restaurants, in libraries, in prisons, and many other places.
- The majority of clubs are still in North America, but the organization is growing fastest outside of North America, particularly in Asia.
- Most clubs meet weekly for 1-2 hours.
Why Should You Join Toastmasters?
Everyone has their own personal reasons for joining Toastmasters, but here are a few of the most common:
- Become a Better Public Speaker Members work through a series of educational programs (at their own pace) designed to improve their ability to write speeches, design presentations, and deliver them.
- Overcome Public Speaking Fears The most positive and supportive audience in the world is a Toastmasters club audience. Speaking regularly in front of a group helps you calm your nerves and communicate effectively.
- “Practice” Presentations for Other Audiences Everyone has different motivations for wanting to speak better. Maybe you want to hone your presentation skills for your career. Perhaps you want to be able to speak out in your volunteer organization. Maybe you want to complement your portfolio as an author, manager, or other professional with speaking gigs? Whatever the case, Toastmasters is a wonderful laboratory for you to practice your presentations and gain valuable feedback.
- Gain the Confidence and Courage to Lead Leadership and communication skills are intimately bound. Some might argue that leadership is nothing more than the ability to effectively communicate a vision. As your communication skills improve, your ability to lead will improve as well.
How to Join Toastmasters?
- Visit CofC Toastmasters club meeting.
- Sign up. Toastmasters dues are inexpensive, particularly compared to other training options.
- Commit yourself to excellence. Toastmasters is a program where you only get out in proportion to what you put in.