Welcome to Toastmasters.dk, the shared site for Toastmasters clubs in Denmark.
Who the heck are Toastmasters?
If you hear a word “toastmaster” for the first time, you probably imagine one of the situations below:
Although some Toastmasters might be very good at toasting bread, the second image is slightly closer to what Toastmasters are practicing…, except for the drinking part. We sometimes toast, i.e make a special speech, before we drink. Toastmasters is about delivering messages effectively. It is about becoming a good public speaker, effective communicator and leader… without getting drunk.
Toastmasters International is the leading nonprofit organisation devoted to creating effective speakers and leaders worldwide. Through its massive network of more than 16,400 clubs in 141 countries, Toastmasters International helps people to improve their public speaking skills and enhance their leadership potential in a supportive and friendly environment, resulting in greater self confidence and personal growth.
You can also explore the global website for Toastmasters International: www.toastmasters.org.
How does it work?
You improve your communication and leadership skills by joining a Toastmasters club in your area. Clubs operate based on self-learning approach, where you complete projects from your chosen educational program at your own pace. In some clubs, you will also get support from mentors, who are experienced members of the clubs.
A typical Toastmasters club has regular and structured meetings that run for about 1,5-2 hours featuring:
- 1-4 prepared speeches based on specific projects
- constructive evaluations for the above speeches
- “Table Topics”, which are short improvised speeches based on random topics/questions
- Role-based tasks: Toastmaster (the host of the meeting), Grammarian (person who introduces the word of the day and checks speakers’ grammar, Table Topic Master, “Ah” Counter (person who listens to filler words and unnecessary sounds), Time Keeper, General Evaluator (evaluates all the roles and the conduct of the meeting. All the members that have a role present their “reports” and the end of the meeting.
A Toastmasters club experience is very well illustrated in this video:
If you want to see detailed explanation of each role during a Toastmasters meeting, you can read this manual.
Members improve their public speaking and leadership skills by completing projects in their chosen educational program, called “pathway”. You can choose a specific Pathway based on your interests and development goals. To find out more, go to the Pathways page.
Sounds cool. How do I join?
Choose a club you want to visit on the Clubs page and find a suitable meeting date for you to come You can do that either by following a Facebook page or local Toastmasters webpage of that club. You do not need to sign up for the meeting to come as a guest, but it is advised to inform the club beforehand so that you receive a proper welcome. You can contact the clubs using the information provided on the Contact Us page.
You are welcome to come as a guest for free as often as you want. As a guest, you can observe and, if you wish, participate in the Table Topics sessions. If you find it useful, you can later sign up as a member by paying a small monthly fee. As a member, you will get access to online educational programs and manuals, will be able book and make speeches, take on different roles, participate in contests and international conferences, as well as befriend lots of cool people.