Toastmaster clubs provide a supportive and positive learning environment in which members are empowered to develop their communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self confidence and personal growth.
How does it work?
We meet regularly and have a quite structured meeting, where there will be prepared speeches (typically between 1 and 4) and their evaluations. There are also impromptu (improvised) speeches (this part is called Table Topics), where members and guests can try speaking for 1-2 minutes on an unprepared subject that a ‘Table Topics Master’ has prepared.
There are also people with other roles, e.g. the ‘Timer’, who makes sure that we are on time and the speakers get feedback on their use of time. The ‘Ah-counter’, who listens for filler words and gives feedback at the end of the meeting. And so forth. Check out this video for a demo of a typical meeting – but remember to add some Danish culture when imagining how our meetings look here in Denmark :)
Sounds cool. How do I join?
Choose a club you want to visit and contact it. You can come as a guest as many times as you want. As a guest, you can observe and (if you want) participate in the impromptu speeches. If you find it interesting, you can sign up as a member by paying a small monthly fee, which enables you to get manuals, mentor support, make speeches, take on different roles, participate in contests and international conferences, as well as befriend lots of cool people.
Members improve their public speaking and leadership skills by completing projects in a chosen educational program, called “pathway” (https://www.toastmasters.org/pathways-overview). You can choose a specific pathway based on your interests and development goals.