The University of Arizona currently has five (5) active Toastmasters clubs on campus. The UA Toastmasters website is a one stop location to learn about the various clubs and serves as a resource to the clubs and their members. Here you can find information on eligibility and meeting dates and times.
What is Toastmasters?
Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Membership is 280,000 strong and growing. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 13,500 clubs in 116 countries that make up Toastmasters global network of meeting locations.
Membership in Toastmasters is one of the greatest investments you can make in yourself. At $36 every six months, it is also one of the most cost-effective skill-building tools available anywhere.
Why Should You Join Toastmasters?
Better yet, ask yourself if any of the following various reasons or typical rationales for not joining fit you?
- I don't need Toastmasters because I have been giving presentations for years.
- I don't need Toastmasters because I don't give speeches.
- I'm not smart enough. I'll be embarassed. I can't think of anything to talk about.
- Other Toastmasters members are already good speakers. I'd be nervous.
- Each speech is criticized.
- Meetings are very time consuming.
- I want to, but I don't have the time.
Learn more about the actual reality behind these 'myths' and others by reading the, 'Why I Can't Join Toastmasters Myths' document. You may be surprised to find that Toastmasters is not what you thought it was!
How Does It Work?
A Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere.
There is no instructor in a Toastmasters meeting. Instead, members evaluate one another’s presentations. This feedback process is a key part of the program’s success.
Meeting participants also give impromptu talks on assigned topics, conduct meetings and develop skills related to timekeeping, grammar and parliamentary procedure.
Members learn communication skills by working in the Competent Communication manual, a series of 10 self-paced speaking assignments designed to instill a basic foundation in public speaking.
How Do I Learn More?
Visit the profiles on the six clubs listed to find out which one fits your specific needs. Attend a meeting as a guest to determine if the club is the right fit for you. Read the "Myths on Why I Can't Join Toastmasters" document. You may be surprised to learn why Toastmasters can be a great professional development tool for you.