What do you do at Toastmasters?
Toastmasters is all about public speaking, and how to get better at
it. Here's what to expect at the typical meeting:
- Introductions: we start all meetings by introducing
ourselves and sharing an interesting fact.
- Table Topics: this is all about impromptu speaking.
The week's "Table Topics Master" generally introduces a theme and word of the day, and an envelope
is passed around with various topics on that theme.
Draw one and speak about it for 1 minute.
- Speeches: each week 3 speakers give prepared
speeches. Schedules are distributed 1 month in advance so you have
plenty of time to prepare. Pick your own topic and type of speech,
or give a "manual" speech by choosing from the ideas
in various Toastmasters manuals.
- Evaluation: each week different members are assigned
roles ranging from evaluating others' performance on Table Topics,
the meeting as a whole, or individual speakers. Other rotating roles
include grammarian, ah-counter, timer, joker, ballot counter, and
thought for the day.
To find out more, join us early
in the morning in downtown Portland. We often have a full house,
but there's always room for one more!