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Developing Leaders Through Communication
Renfrew, Ontario, Canada
The Renfrew Toastmasters Club chartered March 2008. This new club joined the other 4
Toastmasters clubs serving the Ottawa Valley area. Anyone
Anyone18+ years old is invited to attend as a guest and explore the benefits of the Toastmasters program. You do not have to call in advance and you do not need to join at your first meeting. It is recommended that you come and experience the Toastmasters meetings before deciding to join as a member. You can start at any meeting. Experience does not matter - if you have been looking for a way to overcome a fear of public speaking or further develop your communication skills, Toastmasters has something to offer.
Toastmasters International, formed in 1924, is the largest non-profit organization in the world dedicated to helping individuals develop and improve public speaking and/or leadership skills. More than 195,000 members belong to Toastmasters International through 9600 clubs in more than 80 countries.
In keeping with the concept of a "Club", Toastmasters is not a course of study but an opportunity for members to self-pace and focus on those goals which are of importance to them. Every meeting each member will have at least one opportunity to voluntarily speak in public - that public being the club membership. These speaking opportunities vary from short prepared speeches, to impromptu speaking, to emceeing, to just introducing yourself, all in a very supportive environment.You Can't Talk About That!
What are the real rules?
Members often hear from other Toastmasters that speeches concerning politics, religion and sex are forbidden by Toastmasters International because “such controversial subjects are not appropriate.”
This is not true. Toastmasters International does not prohibit any speech topic, content or language.
Toastmasters International recognizes that club members may learn much about the world around them from listening to others’ speeches on a variety of subjects. This variety can add interest to club meetings and stimulate thoughts and ideas. For these reasons, Toastmasters International does not place restrictions on topics, content or language of any speeches. TI also recognizes that a club is comprised of a diverse group of people and recommends members be sensitive to this diversity and use good taste and responsibility when selecting speech topics, content and language.
While Toastmasters International has no organizational restrictions along these lines, each individual club does have the right to limit speech subjects, content and/or language, with the consensus of its members. Club leaders should guide their members on how to observe good taste and sensitivity in the context of that particular club. To accomplish this, it’s a good idea for clubs to use their websites to advise members and guests of any policies that have been decided. Presenting this information on a club website will help to maintain consistency as leadership changes. Additionally, it allows transparency and clarity for club members so they can periodically review the established practices of their club.
Maintained by Fran Watson
is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure."