Stuttgart International Toastmasters Club
Toastmasters ? What’s that ?
Would you like to improve your public speaking skills? How about your leadership skills? Then Toastmasters is the organization for you!
Toastmasters International, founded in 1924, is a worldwide nonprofit organization dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in public speaking and in leadership. You will get a chance to hone those skills in a supportive and friendly environment, coupled with years of tradition–our club is one of the oldest in Germany, and was founded in 1971.
Our club is made up of almost 40 people who meet every other week for about two hours. Each meeting gives everyone an opportunity to practice. Meetings are conducted in English. (If you wish to join a German language club, try the Verdi Rhetorikklub Stuttgart)
Guests are always welcome, as a guest you can visit us as many times as you wish, free of cost. Please feel free to come and visit one of our meetings !
How meetings are conducted
Meetings usually begin with a short business session which helps members learn basic meeting procedures.
This is followed by the so-called Table Topics: Members present one-to two-minute impromptu speeches on topics assigned to them immediately prior to the speech.
After this come prepared speeches, when up to three members present speeches based on projects from the Toastmasters Program manuals. Projects cover such topics as speech organization, voice, language, gestures, and persuasion.
Every prepared speaker is assigned an evaluator who points out the speaker’s strengths and weaknesses and offers suggestions for improvement; the evaluations follow the prepared speeches.
The tools we use
Upon joining a Toastmasters club, each new member receives a manual and resources on speaking. They also receive “The Toastmaster”, a monthly magazine that offers new insights on speaking and leadership techniques.
Learn about leadership
Leadership cannot be learned in a day. It takes practice. In Toastmasters members build leadership skills by organizing and conducting meetings and motivating others to help them. Club leadership roles and a leadership development program also offer opportunities to learn and practice. Just as Toastmasters members learn to speak simply by speaking, they learn leadership by leading.
Toastmasters provides the tools that enable you to become an effective speaker and communicator at a very low cost. Toastmasters training can help you a lot in your professional life, e.g. give better sales presentations, work better with fellow employees, effectively develop and present ideas, offer constructive criticism, accept criticism more objectively. Using the speaking and leadership skills developed in Toastmasters, people have become more active in business, churches, service, charity organizations and local government.