M: Then, how does Toastmasters train people?
W: Toastmasters has an approach of learning by doing.
W: The Toastmasters International Organization provides a menu we refer to as the basic menu, because it gives a guideline for the development of speeches.
W: These speeches cater to different purposes, for example, one objective might be to develop vocal variety;
W: another might be to organize your thoughts, or develop your use of humor in speeches.
M: Can you also learn other skills, such as parliamentary procedures or being master of ceremonies?
W: Yes, different assignments within Toastmasters involve not only in preparation of speeches and then presenting these before an audience,
W: but also the opportunity of serving as toastmaster of the meeting.
W: This assignment helps members practice being an MC for a meeting, that is a master of ceremonies.
W: Other assignments include serving as an evaluator for another speaker or serving as a grammarian who will monitor use of filler words or phrases, such as and, er, or you know.
W: Both of these assignments will allow the members to increase or enhance their listening skills.
M: I know that there is an 8-week program for young people and also an 8-week speech craft course offered for adults. What do these involve?
W: They are basically an introduction to Toastmasters in general,
W: a sample providing the opportunity for an individual to determine whether or not they wish to get involved in Toastmasters by joining in a club.
M: What can an individual gain from being in Toastmasters?
W: I would say self-confidence and some tricks of the trade in the development of speeches.
W: But that is only the beginning. As an individual continues to give speeches and then improve,
W: he progresses from the point of being fearful to stand before a group of peers to the point where he can address any group of people with a degree of self-confidence.
W: Leadership skills are also developed by learning to organize and conduct meetings.
M: Ok, thank you very much, Mrs. Collins, for talking to us in the studio.