TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL CLUB
About Toastmasters International:
Toastmasters is a non-profit educational organization that promotes public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Toastmasters 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 communication 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. If you have a desire to overcome public speaking fears, or are driven to share your ideas with others, Toastmasters is a safe place for you to hone your craft and interact with like-minded professionals. Participation in Toastmasters clubs can count toward scholarship goals for full-time faculty, professional development activity for associate faculty, career skills for alumni, and possibly even PLA (Prior Learning Assessment) credit for students. Check with your leadership and/or advising team for details.
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 diversified 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!
Can I visit a club meeting to see what it’s all about?
Absolutely! Visiting a club meeting is easy. Simply click on the link to the club you wish to visit and then click on the meeting Zoom link at the time of the meeting you wish to attend. Be prepared to have your video on and if you are willing, to jump in and start speaking!
Participation in Toastmasters demonstrates a commitment to your professional development, improves self-confidence, shows your commitment to community, offers networking opportunities, and provides a set of valuable skills for use in your personal and professional life.