I'm an academic. One recurring bit of advice that my advisor has for me is that I need to improve my presentation skills to be a more dynamic and engaging speaker. I do fine in informal conversations, but tend to ice up in front of a crowd. I've heard good things about Toastmasters, and have looked over the local chapter's website, but I would like to hear individual stories about what to expect about joining the club. Previous questions have mentioned the program tangentially, but I'd like detail.
I'm researching local chapters of various community service clubs and organizations and I would prefer to only join / volunteer for an organization that is officially LGBTQ-friendly, at least on the national or international level. While I can search each organization's national homepage for their written policies, I'd really appreciate the "inside scoop" from any MeFites who are current or former members of any of these types of organizations on how inclusive they actually are in practice. [more inside]
I am required to bring a "word of the day" to my Toastmasters club's next meeting. This word should be an interesting and useful word that will expand everyone's command of the English language and ideally would be fun to use. Twist: I want it to be Thanksgiving or holiday season related if possible. My google-fu is failing me because I keep getting results meant for children's crossword puzzles ("pilgrim", "turkey", etc.). I'm looking for something more along the lines of "puritanical" or something like that. Can be historical, related to feelings or gratitude or even satirical of the holiday.
Do you know any short funny poems? [more inside]
What should I expect at my first Toastmasters meeting? [more inside]
Is there something like Toastmasters for writing, specifically the functional, everyday kind? [more inside]
What organizations should I join in the Boston Metro area to improve my networking? [more inside]
[GraduationSpeechFilter] I'm scheduled to give an end-of-year speech to a group of high schoolers. Help me plan what to say! [more inside]
Should I join Toastmasters? [more inside]
PhiladelphiaSocialFilter: What are my organization's choices for a decent place to have a banquet with good food and a decent social atmosphere? [more inside]
How many words in a four-to-six minute speech?