Contrary to popular belief, Toastmasters is not just about “speaking to a large audience.” The communication and leadership skills developed pertain to group meetings at the office, one on one conversations such as job interviews, and, yes, speaking to audiences. Using a combination of prepared speeches, evaluations, and impromptu speaking, the goal of every meeting is to have every member speak, even if only briefly. Practiced in the fun and supportive environment of the Llano club’s meeting, the skills of communication and leadership develop very quickly.
What You Can Expect At A MeetingEach meeting runs one hour or less. Meetings start promptly at noon and let out no later than 1pm so you can get back to your work. From week to week, members rotate through various working rolls including:
- Toastmaster (the meeting’s emcee),
- Speaker (the person giving a prepared speech),
- Evaluator (the person presenting an oral and written evaluation of the speaker),
- Topics Master (leading the impromptu speaking portion of the meeting)
- And several others
Why Llano Stands OutLlano Estacado Toastmasters boasts a long history of service to the club’s members and our Toastmasters district. Newer members join to work on skills they might not possess. Long term members stay to continually refine their skills and serve both the members and our Toastmasters District.
The club’s membership includes great experience and numerous past and current district officers, including past District Governor, Paula Wilkinson, DTM.