When I heard about Toastmasters for the first time, I hadn’t thought too much about it. There are many people, who have heard about it, but very few, who really know what it is. And untill today I was among the latter ones. I am happy our PDP teacher invited special guests to our classes so we could ask questions and find out more about Toastmasters. Toastmasters international is a worldwide organization that helps people to do public speaking on the highest level. There are a lot of people, who do not know how to communicate, how to speak in front of a wide audience. Toastmasters work with different companies, executives, managers and they help them to do their speaking better. Toastmasters motivate people for easy public speaking and help them to overcome their shyness, nervousness, embarrassment and whatever occurs once a person is in front of a large audience. It encourages and teaches people to work one in one and in small groups, to give presentations. We know, most of our success depends upon our communication ability. Those, who have great communicative skills are great leaders. And that’s absolutely true.

Toastmasters is a realty that makes effective communication possible. It is a way of learning to speak accurately through mistakes of your own. It is a whole procedure involving your first incompetent speech and wonderful presentations that these incompetent speeches will lead you to.

Today we found out many information on how Toastmasters functions, and how develops in Kazakhstan. Toastmasters gives explanations on public speaking. It holds different kinds of speeches on any topic. And it really pushes you to self-improvement. There are no evaluation guide for members give assessments to each other independently. Toastmasters, functioning in Astana, is one and new part of this whole system. Organized twice a week and lasting for two hours, it gives much of itself to the speakers. It doesn’t leave you with personal problems to deal alone, it tries to turn your weak point to the strongest one.

Usual Toastmaster day begins with quests introduction and tips of the day. It is not a time to spend sleeping in behind rows, it is a time to listen to several speakers speech in a span of 5-7 minutes each. In the end of every performance speakers are evaluated according to the following criteria: time, grammar and time-wasting sounds like aaa, mm, eeeh, etc. Consulting a.m. criteria general evaluator comments on the speech. After that other members of the club can hand in their cards with comments, likes and dislikes, suggestions. I think, it is a hard process to go through, but necessary one, if one desires to impress someone just in a few words.

It was a pleasure to watch a video of a successful businessman once to come to Toastmasters for the first time and witness the feelings he went through that time. He was not confident and not even sure about his communication abilities. He had a fear to speak in front of the members of the club. I liked the first brave step he made to deal with his uncertainty and successfully coped with it. To the task to convince someone with a story ( doesn’t matter true or false one), he did the best to get everything believe in his quick-made up imaginative story. I cannot deny it was a successful step for a freshman.

What I liked about Toastmasters is that it deals with your public speaking weaknesses openly. Attempt to hide your fear and shyness will cause many difficulties on the way of becoming a real SPEAKER. Unless you learn to confess your weak points, you won’t be a strong speaker.

Do you feel shy having tens of eyes staring at you? Then get over it having these feelings to disappear with every visit to Toastmasters. Don’t lose your time, don’t wait untill you need communication skills, go for it right now. And one day you will speak to the world!

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