THE TOASTMASTERS ACADEMY
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The City of Corpus Christi’s success depends in large part on how well our employees communicate with each other, as well as with customers. The effects of a poorly run meeting or an ineffective presentation are lasting and expensive. How well do our employees convey their expertise to citizens? Can our employees lead meetings efficiently? Can they offer constructive feedback and diplomatically deal with a wide range of people? Good communicators tend to be good leaders, and we need employees with leadership potential.
Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development non-profit organization. The organization has more than 345,000 memberships.
Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 15,900 clubs in 142 countries that make up the global network of meeting locations available to all members.
By regularly giving speeches, gaining feedback, leading teams and guiding others to achieve their goals in a supportive atmosphere, leaders emerge from the Toastmasters program.
The mission of the Toastmasters Academy is to provide a leadership and communication educational assistance program for the City of Corpus Christi. This Toastmasters Academy is supportive in a positive learning environment in which every City Employee has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.
To be the most streamlined provider of dynamic, high-value, experiential communication and leadership skills development for the employees of the City of Corpus Christi.
The Toastmasters Academy’s core values are:
- Respect for fellow co-workers.
- Service to the City of Corpus Christi
- Dedication to excellence
These are values worthy of a great organization, and we believe we should incorporate them as anchor points in every decision we make.
The main objectives are as follows:
- To bring the benefits of Toastmasters to the employees of The City of Corpus Christi.
- To provide the employees with additional and career enriching learning activities.
- To develop and teach interested employees the art of public speaking, thereby in the process making them good and effective communicators, leaders and fast thinkers.
- To bring benefits to the entire City Organization from the grassroots by increasing our number of effective communicators who work for the City.
- To promote and allow the development of employees.
- To promote the mission and goals of Human Resources by providing employees with continual learning and development to stay competitive as the employer of choice.
Toastmasters training helps participants learn how to:
- Give better presentations
- Hone one’s management skills
- Work better with fellow employees and colleagues
- Effectively develop and present ideas
- Offer constructive criticism
- Accept criticism more objectively
- Increase employability of oneself
- Increase self-esteem and confidence in oneself
- Improves one’s abilities
Toastmasters has helped many of our employees already. Using the speaking and leadership skills developed in Toastmasters, employees have become more active in their own departments. Toastmasters members are able to organize activities, conduct meetings, and speak in public more easily.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE
Every full-time benefits eligible City employee, who has completed their initial probationary period are eligible and encouraged to apply for membership in the Toastmasters Academy.
Employees not eligible for this program include Part-time employees, Temporary employees and Employees who have been disciplined in the twelve months preceding the first day of the course for which they desire reimbursement.
HOW IT WORKS
- Complete the application form below for consideration of membership.
- Once admitted, we will help you fill out a “Request for Education Assistance” form and have your supervisor sign it.
- After successful completion of the program (typically 1 year), submit the education assistance “Request for Reimbursement” form in order to receive your reimbursement.
Upon joining a Toastmasters Club, members progress through a series of 10 speaking assignments designed to instill a basic foundation in public speaking.
When finished with the basic speech manual, members can select from among 15 advanced programs to develop speaking skills that are geared to specific career and job function needs.
Members also have the opportunity to develop and practice leadership skills by working on the High Performance Leadership Program and serving as leaders at various organizational levels, such as executive committee member at club level and area director and division director at district level.
WHAT WILL YOU BE DOING?
At Toastmasters, members learn by speaking to groups and working with others in a supportive environment. A typical Toastmasters club is made up of 20 to 30 people who meet once a week for about 1 hour. Each meeting gives everyone an opportunity to practice:
Conducting meetings. Meetings usually begin with a short business session which helps members learn basic meeting procedures. (Robert’s Rules of Order)
Giving impromptu speeches. Members present one-to two-minute impromptu speeches on assigned topics.
Presenting prepared speeches. Three or more members present speeches based on projects from the Toastmasters International Communication and Leadership Program manuals. Projects cover such skill development topics as speech organization, voice, language, gestures, and persuasion.
Offering constructive evaluation. Every prepared speaker is assigned an evaluator who points out speech strengths and offers suggestions for improvement
ACADEMY COURSES & SCHEDULE
You will progress through a series of 10 speaking assignments designed to instill a foundation in public speaking. The 10 assignment speeches are:
- Speech 1: The Ice Breaker — The first speech of the Toastmasters program is about introducing yourself to your peers, providing a benchmark for your current skill level, and standing and speaking without falling over.Speech 2: Organize Your Speech — Introduces the basic concepts of organizing a speech around a speech outline.
- Speech 2: Organize Your Speech — Introduces the basic concepts of organizing a speech around a speech outline.Speech 3: Get to the Point — Clearly state your speech goal, and make sure that every element of your speech focuses on that goal.
- Speech 3: Get to the Point — Clearly state your speech goal, and make sure that every element of your speech focuses on that goal.Speech 4: How to Say It — Examines word choice, sentence structure, and rhetorical devices.
- Speech 4: How to Say It — Examines word choice, sentence structure, and rhetorical devices.Speech 5: Your Body Speaks — Shows how to complement words with posture, stance, gestures, facial expressions, and eye contact.
- Speech 5: Your Body Speaks — Shows how to complement words with posture, stance, gestures, facial expressions, and eye contact.Speech 6: Vocal Variety — Guides you to add life to your voice with variations in pitch, pace, power, and pauses.
- Speech 6: Vocal Variety — Guides you to add life to your voice with variations in pitch, pace, power, and pauses.Speech 7: Research Your Topic — Addresses the importance of backing up your arguments with evidence, and touches on the types of evidence to use.
- Speech 7: Research Your Topic — Addresses the importance of backing up your arguments with evidence, and touches on the types of evidence to use.Speech 8: Get Comfortable With Visual Aids — Examines the use of slides, transparencies, flip charts, whiteboards, or props.
- Speech 8: Get Comfortable With Visual Aids — Examines the use of slides, transparencies, flip charts, whiteboards, or props.Speech 9: Persuade With Power — Discusses audience analysis and the different forms of persuasion available to a speaker.
- Speech 9: Persuade With Power — Discusses audience analysis and the different forms of persuasion available to a speaker.Speech 10: Inspire Your Audience — The last of ten speeches, this project challenges the speaker to draw all their skills together to deliver a powerful inspirational message.
- Speech 10: Inspire Your Audience — The last of ten speeches, this project challenges the speaker to draw all their skills together to deliver a powerful inspirational message.