WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?
Very often, when trying to convince other people to join our club, we hear a lot of excuses like this: “but I’m not good at public speaking” or “but I wasn’t born a public speaker”. Good news is that you don’t have to be born public speaker to join us, because public speakers are not born but made! Made by practicing, practicing and more practicing.
The building block of our club is our regular Monday meeting based on the learning-by-doing concept. During each meeting, you will have a chance to practice your public speaking skills in a nice environment, surrounded by people who will support you along your learning path. Everyone is welcome to come, regardless of how much experience they have. We are all here to improve and become great speakers one day.
What can I expect during the meeting?
- Prepared speeches
- Table Topics (impromptu speeches)
- Speakers’ evaluations
- Timing and grammar reports
- Evaluation of Table Topics session
- General evaluation of the meeting
- Awards for Best Speakers and Evaluators
- A glass of beer/wine in the pub afterwards
How will I develop my skills?
In Prague Business Toastmasters we believe that people learn by experience. Therefore, each meeting is organized in such a way to ensure active participation of our members.
There are plenty of meeting roles you can volunteer for. These “jobs” are key to the success of every meeting and are designed to learn and improve various public speaking and leadership skills.
As a member you will have access to official Toastmasters manuals to help you learn those roles quickly. Read more about the roles below.
A MEETING SPEAKER delivers a prepared speech based on a project in one of the Toastmasters manuals. Each project is designed to develop a particular public speaking skill (speech structure, vocal variety, body language, etc.) or learn how to present a certain type of speech (managerial, humorous, informative, etc.).
Volunteering as a TABLE TOPICS SPEAKER during our improvisation part is another possibility to practice your public speaking skills. This role gives you a chance to practice your impromptu speaking skills or perform tasks related to personal or business skills development.
The role of an EVALUATOR is there to ensure that each speaker receives proper feedback. The evaluation should be constructive and focus on the objectives of the project the speaker would like to complete.
Likewise, the TABLE TOPICS EVALUATOR evaluates all speakers who participated in the Table Topics session.
Each meeting is also evaluated as a whole by a GENERAL EVALUATOR to give all participanta a chance for receiving constructive feedback.
The TOASTMASTER OF THE MEETING is the coordinator and host responsible for the meeting preparation. He/She cooperates with the club Vice President Education to find volunteers for all roles, manages the whole meeting during its course and gives introductions about all speakers and participants.
To help the Toastmaster, our SERGEANT AT ARMS prints the meeting agenda, distributes all materials, ensures all equipment is available, serves refreshments during the break and also starts each meeting with a short introduction.
A TABLE TOPIC MASTER is responsible for the preparation and coordination of the improvisation session, chooses the theme for the session, its format and content. She/he is also responsible for selecting speakers to perform a short impromptu speech on a given topic.
To introduce more variety to our meetings, occasionally we also conduct an educational workshops instead of our usual table topics session. A WORKSHOP MASTER, who prepares and runs the workshop, would ask for volunteers to participate and perform certain tasks to improve their business or personal skills.
During each meeting a GRAMMARIAN watches the proper use of the English language and also introduce the “word of the day” to be used during the meeting.
TIMER’s task on the contrary is to watch the time and ensure all speeches and evaluations are performed within the given time limits.
Finally, AH COUNTER pays attention and reports on our use of so-called filler words, for example “ums,” “ahs” and “you knows”.