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How can I make Toastmasters work for me?

I joined Toastmasters and I'm worried I made a horrible mistake. I would love to be able to speak naturally about my work in front of colleagues, without hemming and hawing and saying "like" and "um" and talking too fast and getting nervous and flustered. I do not want to become a motivational speaker. How do I achieve the former without ending up sounding like the latter? [more inside]
posted by lazuli on Jun 2, 2016 - 18 answers

What is Toastmasters like?

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.
posted by codacorolla on Jun 5, 2015 - 15 answers

Which service clubs and volunteer organizations are LGBTQ-friendly?

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]
posted by Jacqueline on Sep 22, 2014 - 8 answers

Thanksgiving-related vocabulary word needed! (for adults, not children)

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.
posted by halseyaa on Nov 25, 2013 - 17 answers

Short and Funny Poems

Do you know any short funny poems? [more inside]
posted by storybored on Sep 7, 2012 - 55 answers

I like my toast on wheat with freshly churned organic butter.

What should I expect at my first Toastmasters meeting? [more inside]
posted by Barry B. Palindromer on Feb 9, 2012 - 8 answers

Toastmasters for writing?

Is there something like Toastmasters for writing, specifically the functional, everyday kind? [more inside]
posted by cosmic.osmo on Mar 19, 2010 - 3 answers

What organizations should I join in the Boston Metro area to improve my networking?

What organizations should I join in the Boston Metro area to improve my networking? [more inside]
posted by IzzeYum on Nov 4, 2009 - 7 answers

Give me something to talk about!

[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]
posted by unexpected on May 9, 2007 - 13 answers

Thoughts on Toastmasters?

Should I join Toastmasters? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God on Apr 2, 2007 - 15 answers

Where to have a small social banquet in Center City Philadelphia?

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]
posted by drkrdglo on Sep 22, 2006 - 5 answers

How many words in a four-to-six minute speech?

How many words in a four-to-six minute speech?
posted by timeistight on Jul 31, 2005 - 8 answers

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