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City of Bridges Toastmasters - Evening Meeting
Thu, June 8, 2017, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
City of Bridges Toastmasters is an enthusiastic and fun Toastmasters speaking club with the purpose of training you in the skills of leadership and public speaking. Members are from all walks of life and share a desire of learning and helping others by way of bettering communications. You, too, are welcome to visit us!
A typical Toastmasters meeting is comprised of three primary sections:
1) Impromptu Speaking
2) Prepared Speeches
3) “Coaching” (positive evaluation) of the Prepared Speakers
As part of the “Impromptu Speaking” segment of the meeting, a different person each week is in charge of asking unique questions to the audience. For each question, an audience member is randomly called upon to immediately take the stage and make a brief presentation in response to the question they just heard for the first time. This is a challenging, exciting and often entertaining part of the meeting.
The “Prepared Speeches” feature members who are working on presentations that correspond to Toastmasters International educational manuals. These speeches are usually 5-7 minutes long, (although there are some that are shorter or longer). The diversity of speeches can be breathtaking: within the space of a few minutes you may find yourself agreeing, disagreeing, crying, smiling or laughing uproariously.
The “Coaching” (positive evaluation) of the prepared speakers is one of the most important ingredients making up the secret sauce of the City of Bridges success. It is here the speakers are offered tips for improvement and are also apprised of their public speaking strengths. The coaches base their guidance upon the instructions provided within the Toastmasters manuals used by the speakers. Not only do the prepared speakers gain valuable feedback regarding their speeches, but every person in the audience benefits from the coaching section as well, by gaining insights into all manner of fundamental and nuanced public speaking effectiveness. And as reflected throughout the meeting, the City of Bridges “Spirit of Play” underlies the foundation of helping others on their way to becoming more powerful public communicators.
Every meeting is conducted by different members wearing a variety of “hats” in a coordinated (and often entertaining) presentation of organized camaraderie, with a shared purpose of helping each other improve leadership and public speaking skills, regardless of how much – or how little – experience a person already has. The underlying goal of all meetings is “EVERYBODY WINS!”
Guests may visit as often as they wish for no charge and parking is free. Members contribute a token amount of dues every 6 months.