Parramatta Toastmasters Club

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Future programs:

See the programs for future meetings and notes from the Vice-President Education.

Minutes:

See the minutes of the last meeting.

Newsletter:

See the current issue of the Club newsletter, the "Parra-Natta".

See archive of older issues.

Assignment Guide:

See our online guide to
the performance of meeting assignments
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Club Blog:

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Introducing Toastmasters

Here are the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about Toastmasters.

What is Toastmasters?

Toastmasters is a training and educational organisation which teaches its members communication, leadership, training and management skills, and builds their self-confidence through enhancing public speaking skills. It is the largest and most successful organisation of its type in the world.

How long has Toastmasters been around?

Toastmasters International was founded in 1924 and now has over 16,000 Clubs in over 140 countries around the world. There are over 770 Clubs in Australia, with more than 350 of them being in NSW or the ACT. As a Toastmaster you will be welcome in any of these Clubs.

Why do people join Toastmasters?

People join Toastmasters in order to:

  • Develop the public speaking skills to persuade and convince others
  • Learn to put their ideas across clearly and with conviction
  • Improve their self-confidence before a group of people
  • Learn to think quickly and clearly under pressure
  • Learn to listen effectively and critically
  • Learn to supportively evaluate someone else's presentation
  • Train to become a good leader

What specifically will you learn to do as a Toastmaster?

In a Toastmasters Club you will learn, by doing,

  • How to give an impromptu speech
  • How to give a prepared speech
  • How to evaluate what you hear
  • How to introduce speakers
  • How to chair and run meetings
  • All these skills will help you develop self-confidence.

How do you learn these skills?

When you join a Toastmasters Club you receive a complete training kit covering all aspects of speaking and evaluation. This kit includes a Communication manual. This manual reflects the years of experience Toastmasters has in helping people just like you. It takes you step by step through the art of making and evaluating speeches. In particular you learn by doing with your efforts evaluated by your fellow Club members. You will be gradually introduced to the various roles within a Toastmasters meeting. Gaining proficiency in these helps build up your skills.

How soon will you be an expert?

People all progress at their own pace. Some move faster than others but everyone that joins Toastmasters and participates in the program can be sure they will become a competent speaker. Your skills develop gradually. As you proceed you will find that situations that once terrified you, now hold no fears for you.

Is it expensive?

No. In fact in comparison to various courses, seminars, programs, CD and DVD kits offered through the media, Toastmasters is the least expensive and in our opinion the most effective way to learn public speaking and to develop confidence and self-esteem. There is a joining fee to pay and meal costs at meetings. Otherwise the ongoing membership fee is less than $2 per week, payable either 6 monthly or 12 monthly with a discount.

Who can join Toastmasters?

Anyone over the age of 18 years may join Toastmasters.

Why join Parramatta Toastmasters?

Parramatta Toastmasters has been one of the most successful clubs in Australia throughout its more than 45 years of existence. Many of our members have been Toastmasters District Officers and, with our other members, are very dedicated to making our Club successful and to helping steer other Clubs to success. We are also a group of people who are quite focused on improving our own communication and leadership abilities and who know that, to do this, we must assist others in achieving their similar goals. We are a diverse group of people from different backgrounds and of different careers. We have enjoyable, informative, fun meetings. That's what makes us one of the strongest and best Toastmasters clubs in the world.

You can read more about our club here.

How can I find out more about Toastmasters or the Club?

Having browsed this website, the next step is to visit one of our meetings to observe the program in action. This will help you find out the type of commitment involved in joining our Club and whether the program will meet your needs. At the end of the meeting, you will be given an information package to take home and study.

Is there a pre-requisite to joining the Club?

Before joining the club it is normal to attend a club Speechcraft course which is an introduction to public speaking. This enables a new member to achieve a level of competence ready to participate in club meetings. See our Speechcraft page.

What is involved in visiting Parramatta Toastmasters Club?

Please be at the Club by 6.15pm and expect meetings to finish at 9.30pm after which you may choose to socialise with Club members. You don't need to ask for anyone in particular as you will be made welcome by all you see. The dress is normal business attire, meaning a tie for men. You do not need to prepare anything and will not be asked to participate. You can visit us often as you like to observe the program in action without any obligation to join. It is preferable to contact one of our Club officers if you intend coming to a meeting, but this is not a necessity. You can be assured that you will be made to feel welcome by friendly people. It will cost you RSL Club buffet prices should you choose to have a meal, but otherwise there is no charge for visitors.

Further enquiries?

Please us or call Michael on 0419 522 949.