Welcome to Leaders and Learners Toastmaster Club at Binghamton University. This club is open to faculty, staff, students and members of the local community. The mission of our club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop and practice communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth. Being a Toastmaster means more than simply making a commitment to self-development. Everyone who joins a Toastmaster club is making a commitment to the club, to its members, and to the organization as a whole.

 

How Toastmasters International Works

At Toastmasters, members learn by speaking to groups and working with others in a supportive environment. A typical Toastmasters club is made up of 20 to 30 people who meet once a week for about an hour. Each meeting gives everyone an opportunity to practice:

  • Conducting meetings: Meetings usually begin with a short business session which helps members learn basic meeting procedures

  • Give impromptu speeches: Members present one-to two-minute impromptu speeches on assigned topics.

  • Presenting prepared speeches: Two or more members present speeches based on projects from the Toastmaster International Communication and Leadership Program manuals. Projects cover such topics as speech organization, voice, language, gestures, and persuasion.

  • Offering constructive evaluation: Every prepared speaker is assigned an evaluator who points out speech strengths and offers suggestion for improvement.

 

Toastmasters and Leadership

Leadership cannot be learned in a day. It takes practice. In Toastmasters members build leadership skills by organizing and conducting meetings and motivating others to help them. Club leadership roles and a leadership development program also offer opportunities to learn and practice. Just as Toastmasters members learn to speak simply by speaking, they learn leadership by leading.

 

 

District 65 Website

Toastmasters International

Brief History of the Toastmasters Program

Vision, Mission & Strategic Plan

10 Tips for Successful Public Speaking

e-Newsletters

 

Guests are welcome!

You are welcome to attend our meetings as a guest. We meet on Friday afternoons from 12:00-1:00 P.M in B-08, New union buiding. If you have never been to the BU campus before, you may find the directions here.

Club # 7438, Area 9, District 65
Toastmasters International / Design Ashok Subramanian