M: Good morning, Mrs. Collins, welcome to our studio.
M: As a distinguished member of Toastmasters International, could you tell us a bit about the background of the organization?
W: I'm delighted to have that opportunity.
W: Toastmasters is an international organization, designed to develop effective speaking and listening skills.
W: It was founded in 1924 by Ralph Smedley and it's headquartered in California.
M: What is the purpose of Toastmasters?
W: Toastmasters has a two-fold purpose: the personal growth of the individual and the strong effective communication skills.
M: Then, who is Toastmasters open to? And what kind of members do you have now?
W: Well, many people think Toastmasters is open only to those individuals who wish to be professional speakers.
W: That is definitely not true. Toastmasters is open to the public at large.
W: Any individual who wishes to improve his public speaking is welcome.
W: And also, those who just want to increase their overall self-confidence are encouraged to attend.
M: Another question is how can Toastmasters help you in job situations?
W: By becoming involved in Toastmasters, you will learn different methods of communicating what you really want to say.
W: And equally important, you will learn what your audience expects from you so you can deliver that message to them in a logical fashion.
W: Some people are comfortable around friends, but when they appear before a group they don't know, they get tense.
W: Our organization helps our members to get calm and organize thoughts, and deliver them in an effective way.
M: Is Toastmasters concerned with total communication, not just for speaking but for other communication skills?
W: Most often, people are assumed that when you are listening, you are also paying attention. This is not always true.
W: Many times people are waiting for their turn to speak and are not really listening at all.
W: Toastmasters can develop a person overall in terms of organizing their thoughts, getting input from others, and then receiving effective feedback.