Who we are:
Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Our organization has more than 345,000 memberships. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 15,900 clubs in 142 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations. More…
Toastmasters began as a series of speaking clubs organized by Ralph C. Smedley during his time working for the YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) in Bloomington, Illinois, United States. As director of education at the YMCA, Smedley saw a need for the men in the community to learn how to speak, conduct meetings, plan programs and work on committees, and he wanted to help them. More..
Toastmasters of La Jolla
Founded on June 1, 1978, Toastmasters of La Jolla is a member club of Toastmasters International , a worldwide organization with over 345,000 memberships. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 15,900 clubs in 142 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations.
*** President’s Distinguished Club – the highest level of recognition available. The club met the membership prerequisite and achieved at least nine of the 10 goals.
** Select Distinguished Club – the club met the membership prerequisite and achieved seven or eight of the 10 goals.
* Distinguished Club – the club met the membership prerequisite and achieved at least five of the 10 goals.
Pathways: The new educational program per Toastmasters International
The new educational program from Toastmasters International®
Toastmasters Pathways learning experience – What is Pathways?
1. Why is the education program changing?
In the 2010 strategic plan, the Toastmasters Board of Directors called for the education program to be revitalized. The Board stressed the need to modernize the communication track as well as renew the focus on leadership learning in the leadership track.
The traditional education program has served Toastmasters for many years. However, much of the communication track hasn’t been updated since the 1970s. The Toastmasters Pathways learning experience is not a departure from the current program, because it builds on the established educational foundation. Pathways is a modernized learning experience suited to our changing global society. It offers you more benefits and more opportunities to learn, grow and meet personal and professional goals. You now have the opportunity to develop additional skills you can use not just in your club, but at your job or in your community as well. More information here
2. Why is Pathways valuable to me?
The many benefits to members will include:
* A learning experience tailored to your personal and professional goals
* The opportunity to develop many skills relevant to an evolving global marketplace
* Recognition of educational achievements that will come earlier and more frequently
* New technological resources to improve speeches and support meeting roles
* Online access to educational materials
* Videos that model the skills you are learning
Taking on this role improves active listening, critical thinking and positive feedback skills. More..
Evaluation is the heart of the Toastmasters educational program. You observe the speeches and leadership roles of your fellow club members and offer evaluations of their efforts, and they do the same for you. As evaluator you:
• Ask those you’ve been assigned to evaluate what they will present and what they wish to achieve
• Provide objective verbal and written evaluations for speakers
• When giving any evaluation, offer praise as well as constructive criticism.
The General Evaluator evaluates everything that takes place during the club meeting. In addition, the General Evaluator conducts the evaluation portion of the meeting and is responsible for the evaluation team: the speech evaluators, Ah Counter, grammarian and timer. As General Evaluator, you:
• Ensure other evaluators know their tasks and responsibilities.
• Explain the purpose and benefits of evaluations to the group.
• Identify and confirm meeting assignments with the timer, grammarian and Ah-Counter.
• Confirm the club meeting program and/or checklist with the Toastmaster.
• During the meeting, take notes and report on all club proceedings to evaluate things such as timeliness, enthusiasm, preparation, organization, performance of duties, etc.
The grammarian plays an important role in helping all club members improve their grammar and vocabulary. As grammarian you:
• Introduce new words to meeting participants and monitor language and grammar usage,
• Write down the language and grammar usage of all speakers, noting incomplete sentences, mispronunciations, grammatical mistakes, non-sequitur, malapropisms, etc. Example: “One in five children wear glasses” should be “one in five children wears glasses”,
• Introduce a “Word of the Day” that helps meeting participants increase their vocabulary; display the word, part of speech, and a brief definition with a visual aid and prepare a sentence showcasing how the word should be used. Note who uses this word or any derivatives thereof correctly or incorrectly during the meeting,
• At the end of the meeting, give your complete report when called on.
The Topicsmaster delivers the Table Topics® portion of the meeting, which helps train members to quickly organize and express their thoughts in an impromptu setting. As Topicsmaster, you:
• Select topics in advance of the meeting that allow speakers to offer opinions,
• Give members who aren’t assigned a speaking role the opportunity to speak during the meeting by assigning impromptu talks on non-specialized themes or topics,
• Don’t ask two people the same thing unless you specify that it is to generate opposing viewpoints,
• In clubs presenting a Best Table Topics speaker award, ask members to vote for the best Table Topics speaker.
Table Topics Speaker
Taking on this role improves confidence and impromptu speaking skills. More..
Table Topics® is a long-standing Toastmasters tradition intended to help members develop their ability to organize their thoughts quickly and respond to an impromptu question or topic.
• Table Topics typically begins after the prepared speech presentations,
• The Toastmaster will introduce the Topicsmaster, who will give a brief description of Table Topics and then call on respondents at random,
• Your response should should express your thoughts clearly and succinctly, lasting one to two minutes.
One of the skills Toastmasters practice is expressing a thought within a specific time. The timer is responsible for monitoring time for each meeting segment and each speaker. As Timer, you:
• Acquire the timing/signaling equipment from the sergeant at arms and know how to operate it,
• Explain the timing rules and demonstrate the signal device if called upon to do so,
• Throughout the meeting, listen carefully to each participant and signal them accordingly,
• When called to report, announce the speakers’ names and the time taken,
• After the meeting, return the timing/signaling equipment to the sergeant at arms.
The Toastmaster is the meeting’s director and host. A member typically will not be assigned this role until they are thoroughly familiar with the club and its procedures. As Toastmaster, you:
• Acquire a meeting agenda from your vice president education,
• Work with the General Evaluator to ensure all club participants know their roles and responsibilities,
• Introduce speakers during the club meeting, including their speech topic, project title, objectives, delivery time, etc. during your introduction,
• Ensure smooth transitions between speakers during the club meeting.
The new program Pathways is here! More information Click here