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KingsGambit
02-21-2014, 11:13 AM
Anybody here have any experience with Toastmasters? I've seriously been considering giving it a try to improve my public speaking skills.

Cow Poke
02-21-2014, 12:40 PM
Been there, done that. Well worth it, and fun!

Cow Poke
02-21-2014, 12:45 PM
My experience (been a while) is that you meet once a week, they're very "time conscious" (so things don't drag on forever) and you learn by example while others are practicing their speeches, essays, short stories, or whatever... they make it fun -- there's an "ah counter" - a person who will count the number of times you say "uh... ah... um...." during your speech, and others will critique on your delivery...

You can be an observer at first, or observe and serve as time keeper, "ah counter", judge, or some other role, eventually coming to the point where you make your first speech or talk. It's a very supportive atmosphere, and, did I mention it's fun?

Irate Canadian
02-21-2014, 12:58 PM
I've done it a couple of times. Well worth it.

Teallaura
02-21-2014, 02:03 PM
I'd like to try myself - anyone got a link that helps find a group?

Cow Poke
02-21-2014, 02:04 PM
I'd like to try myself - anyone got a link that helps find a group?

And, lightning quick.... http://reports.toastmasters.org/findaclub/

Teallaura
02-21-2014, 02:23 PM
:smile: Thanks!

One Bad Pig
02-21-2014, 02:25 PM
My uncle's been an active member for years.

Jedidiah
02-21-2014, 04:45 PM
My experience (been a while) is that you meet once a week, they're very "time conscious" (so things don't drag on forever) and you learn by example while others are practicing their speeches, essays, short stories, or whatever... they make it fun -- there's an "ah counter" - a person who will count the number of times you say "uh... ah... um...." during your speech, and others will critique on your delivery...

You can be an observer at first, or observe and serve as time keeper, "ah counter", judge, or some other role, eventually coming to the point where you make your first speech or talk. It's a very supportive atmosphere, and, did I mention it's fun?

But did you enjoy it?

Cow Poke
02-22-2014, 10:56 AM
But did you enjoy it?

yeah, it was fun - I shoulda mentioned that

Teallaura
02-22-2014, 03:32 PM
Well, if the SCA meeting isn't this week then I get to attend my first Toastmaster's meeting Tuesday. :smile:

Irate Canadian
02-22-2014, 04:42 PM
Well, if the SCA meeting isn't this week then I get to attend my first Toastmaster's meeting Tuesday. :smile:

Get your impromptu speaking skills in order...you will need them when doing Table Topics.

Teallaura
02-24-2014, 08:57 AM
That I can do. :smile: Thanks!

KingsGambit
02-24-2014, 09:31 AM
Let us know how it goes!

Irate Canadian
02-24-2014, 10:03 AM
Let us know how it goes!

+1
(I wonder when I can do amens again...:frown:)