TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL CLUB
About Toastmaster’s International:
About Toastmaster’s International: Toastmaster’s is a non-profit educational organization that promotes public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Toastmaster members learn to become more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders in a safe and supportive environment. We believe Toastmasters is a great fit for UAGC as it aligns perfectly to NACE Competencies including oral/written communication skills, leadership, and professionalism/work ethic. Also, participating in Toastmasters can enhance a student’s career management skills and build added confidence, knowledge, and experience to help prepare them in their present and future career roles.
How does it work?
The best way to think about Toastmasters is to imagine a low stakes atmosphere for building leadership and communcation skills. Members attend meetings in which they have the opportunity to present on both specific and impromptu topics. Your presentation and communication techniques are evaluated by your peers and you receive constructive feedback for improvement. When you join a UAGC Toastmasters club, you’ll receive access to a number of resources that will help you develop, refine, and master public speaking skills. For more information, visit The Navigator page on the Toastmasters International website.
What are Pathways?
Pathways are self-paced modules that help members build the skills they need to become effective communicators and leaders. There are eleven paths that focus on a variety of goals from Dynamic Leadership to Team Collaboration. Members progress through the Pathways curriculum by completing speeches and projects, advancing to a Pathways goal level by level. To learn more about Pathways, here is a link to a very informative overview: Planning Your Pathways.
Toastmasters is perfect for developing self-confidence for public speaking and oral communication in all areas of your life. If you want to alleviate your anxiety about speaking in public or simply want to improve your public speaking skills, Toastmasters is a safe place for you to practice and interact with others who share similar goals. Being able to speak confidently in public is an oral communication competency that many employers look for when hiring qualified candidates. Research shows that having a fear of public speaking can lower one’s wage-earning potential by approximately 10% and inhibit management promotion potential
Participation in Toastmasters clubs also qualifies toward goals for full-time faculty and as professional development activity for associate faculty.
How do I Join?
To enter a meeting, click on the “CLUB” tab and follow the instructions on the club’s landing page. To join a club and become an “official” Toastmaster, please email us at Toastmasters@uagc.edu. Toastmasters International registration is required for access to Pathways and resources. Our club is open to all UAGC students at all levels, faculty, alumni, and staff.
How much does it cost?
To take advantage of Pathways and all of the resources that Toastmasters International offers, membership is required. There is a $20 one-time initial registration fee and then dues are only $45 every six months. That’s it! The return on this investment is multifold as it allows you access to the educational tools available in Pathways, opportunities for recognition and advancement, and the ability to participate in a variety of official Toastmasters International events such as contests or to fill leadership positions within the organization. As they say, membership has its privileges and its rewards!