Perhaps you’ve heard of Toastmasters, perhaps not. Regardless, you are in a realm of your life that requires the absolute best of your communication skills. Whether you work fulltime and need a little help in conveying your ideas to your management and colleagues or you are a fulltime student who ultimately wants to “nail the interview” when it’s time to look for a job, Toastmasters has proven to be one of the most effective ways to make these realities come true.
What is it?… Toastmasters is an international organization that has been around since 1924. Its purpose 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.” Mostly, this is done through a series of weekly meetings.
UTSA started a Toastmasters club in 2002, and we are very innovative by videoconferencing the meetings between the 1604 and Downtown (DT) campuses:
Day of week: Fridays (during the long semesters)
Time: noon – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Check out the website
Check out Toastmasters at UTSA.
Some famous Toastmasters:
Tim Allen Actor, star of television series, “Home Improvement”
“As my career grew with the company, I needed to develop my communication skills more and more . . . I’ve learned a great deal about speaking and listening and now realize the importance of the overall program. For me, it took getting into a formal organization – such as Toastmasters – to understand what total communication is all about.”
Debbie Fields Rose Founder, Mrs. Fields Cookies
“I’d never thought of myself as a great communicator, and that’s one of the reasons I got involved in [Toastmasters]. The idea of getting in front of a group, not as Mrs. Fields but really as Debbi, made my knees shake, and I’d get all dry-mouthed. But the Toastmasters group understood. Here’s a place where you can learn, grow, develop – and where other people are doing and feeling the same thing.”
James Lovell Former U.S. astronaut; missions included Apollo 13
Tara Dawn Holland Christensen Miss America, 1997
Peter Coors President of Brewing Division of Adolph Coors Company
Nancy Brinker Founder of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.