"They may forget WHAT you said but they will never forget HOW you made them feel."
- CARL W. BUECHNER
Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organisation that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs.
Toastmasters is not a formal course in public speaking. There are no instructors or classrooms. Your speeches are not graded, and there are no tests.
At Toastmasters, you learn by studying the resources, practising giving speeches on a variety of topics, and helping one another with constructive feedback.
Each project builds on what you've learnt previously. You'll learn how to structure a speech, find the right words, use body language and your voice effectively.
Internationally there are more than 352,000 individual memberships, and 16,400 clubs in 141 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations.
District 72 Toastmasters consists of New Zealand Toastmasters clubs situated in Greater Wellington and further south. Northern Toastmasters clubs in New Zealand make up District 112.
All New Zealand Toastmasters clubs fall within Region 12, which also includes Australia, Papua New Guinea Indonesia, Brunei and part of Malaysia.
District 72 competes internationally against Toastmasters from across the globe!
"The art of COMMUNICATION is the language of LEADERSHIP."
- JAMES HUMES
BUSINESS BREAKFAST CLUB.
About Business Breakfast Toastmasters
The Business Breakfast Toastmasters Club (BBC) is a fun and friendly club that meets every Tuesday morning (7:00am-8:10am) at St Peter's Church (211 Willis Street).
Who is BBC?
You don't have to own a business or work for a business to be a member of the Business Breakfast Toastmasters Club! Our members come from many different backgrounds, but all have the same purpose: to improve their communication and leadership skills, and enjoy themselves in a friendly and supportive environment. BBC is unique in that we have always maintained a less formal culture whilst still leveraging the learning approach behind theToastmasters International programme.
Why do you meet at 7:00am?
Most people today lead busy work or study lives. Our club meets in the mornings, before the working day begins, which leaves members' days and evenings free for other priorities. Our members agree that this approach sets them up for a fantastic day - which is why some of them have been coming back for years! At this time of the morning there is also plenty of parking available, and our location is near to bus stops and most business locations in the CBD.
How much does it cost?
BBC Toastmasters' membership fees are either $120 for six months or $220 for 12 months (with a break over Christmas). A large proportion of Toastmasters fees are paid to Toastmasters International, while the remainder covers venue hire and club activities. There is also an additional cost of $40 to cover your first 'Path', in Toastmasters International's learning system, Pathways.
Can I come along to visit before I commit to signing up?
Of course! We'd love to have you. You're welcome to come along a few times before you sign up, to see if BBC is the club for you.
What benefits can members expect?
The most obvious benefit for all members is a significant improvement in their public speaking skills. They learn how to plan a speech or presentation, tailor it for the audience and deliver it in such a way that the audience will appreciate both the message and the delivery.
How do the speeches work?
Upon joining a Toastmasters club, a member will choose their first 'Path' in Toastmasters International's learning system, Pathways. They can either take a quiz to get a suggested Path, or pick their own based on the Path descriptions. Once they've chosen their Path, a member will work through a series of projects to build a foundation in public speaking, or further tune their skills and focus on specific areas for improvement.
What other skills will I develop?
Aside from the speakers at every meeting, there are a number of other roles that club members take on. These include the "Toastmaster" (the chairperson), the "Table Topics Master" (sets and randomly assigns impromptu questions for people from the audience to answer), the Grammarian (sets a "Word of the Day" and monitors good and bad uses of language), Timekeeper, and of course the evaluators. Every speech you give will be evaluated by another Toastmaster who will point out your strengths, and offer suggestions for improving your next speech.
"The SUCCESS of your presentation will be judged not by the knowledge you send but by what the LISTENER RECEIVES."
- LILLY WALTERS
St Peter's Church
211 Willis Street
WILLIS STREET ENTRANCE:
"All of our DREAMS come true if we have the COURAGE to pursue them"
- WALT DISNEY
Tel: 021 203 4545
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