The mission of a Toastmasters club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.
To understand what a Toastmasters club is, it helps to first understand what it is not. It is not a group of polished professional orators who practice their art in a highly competitive setting. To the contrary, it is the mission of all Toastmasters clubs to provide a safe, friendly environment in which a member at any skill level can become a more confident and more competent communicator.
Invariably, after a few months of practice with supportive feedback from their fellow members, most new Toastmasters emerge with abilities they never imagined were possible. Their fear of public speaking is a distant nightmare. Whether giving a formal talk or responding spontaneously to “Table Topics” questions, they are able to confidently meet the challenge.
Being certain of your ability to communicate skillfully in any social situation spills over into every facet of your life. Others begin to see you as the leader that you are. When you can talk the talk, you also can walk the walk.
No matter what your skill level is now, Toastmasters can help you reach your own personal goal. Beginning with a short “Icebreaker” talk in which you simply tell your fellow members a little about who you are and where you’ve been, you quickly advance through your progressive manual to earn your first level of recognition as a “Competent Communicator.” Just as you first learn to jog around the block before you can run a marathon, by taking one baby step at a time, at the end of your first year as a Toastmaster you are a totally different person.
The first step in developing your communication skills is to find a Toastmasters club that is fits your needs. We have 259 clubs in Georgia. Each club has its special time to meet. Some meet on weekdays and others on the weekend. Times vary from early morning to early evening.
The next step is to make a noncommittal visit to the club of your choice. You might want to visit several clubs and visit each one more than once before you make up your mind. When you discover one that’s right for you, you can be sure you’ll find the welcome mat put out for you.
The only risk in visiting a Toastmasters club is not doing it soon enough. The longer you wait, the longer it’ll take you to realize your dream.
Please consider this your personal invitation to come join us for a personal growth adventure that very well could be one of the greatest you’ve ever experienced.