Communication and Leadership Skills Grow through Toastmasters Program
Looking for a place to grow your communication & leadership skills? You’ve found it: The Speak Up Manassas Toastmasters Club!
Visit our Zoom Open House meeting on Feb. 15th – gather at 11:45, meeting 12:00-1:00, Q&A following. Please email Charlenef@Fairwaymc.com to get the link.
Some things you can expect to see:
Start the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Our Toastmaster of the Day will run the first half of the meeting, practicing their skills at: coordinating the participants before the meeting, handling last minute changes to the agenda, introducing participants with brief & smooth transitions.
3 Speakers will present a prepared speech (usually 5-7 minutes) on any topics but developed to practice particular skills as directed by our training materials. Practicing in a safe environment and focusing on particular areas of speaking skills helps ensure identifiable progress.
At this meeting particularly, you will hear from Toastmasters International Director Candidate, Immediate Past District Director, Colonel in the United States Air Force (Ret.), ICF International/On-Call Program Manager, Distinguished Toastmaster Dana Richard about the Toastmasters skills he learned and those leveraged by his employees and teammates, including:
Developing leadership skills
Developing professional “soft” skills
Preparing for and running meetings
Providing constructive performance evaluations
Delivering effective briefings and presentations
Our Table Topics Master will propose questions to members (and guests, if you are willing) to be answered intelligently within 1 – 2 minutes. This helps us practice thinking on our feet (impromptu speaking skills) and responding clearly and briefly, staying on topic and being conscious of the other person’s time. Great for networking situations and the “elevator” opportunities.
The meeting will be turned over to the General Evaluator who will introduce the Evaluators (one for each of the Speakers) to give feedback (both supportive and constructive) about the speeches based especially on the skills being practiced. This is a vital part of our program because it helps both the speaker (clarity on their strengths with suggestions for improvement) AND the evaluator (skills managers & team leaders need for giving effective performance reviews).
There are a few other roles and their reports will be called for at the end of the meeting.
The Vice President of Education will remind folks about roles for the next meeting.
Our President will share announcements and invite our guests to identify themselves and share any comments or questions they have about the meeting.
We will officially close the meeting, but some members will stay to talk or set time to follow-up with you about questions.
Please come visit and see if our program is a good fit for you and your schedule to help you grow your communication & leadership skills!