I was wondering what I should write about for today’s blog. So I checked out “This Day in History” and discovered that the Toastmasters Clubs were started on 10/24/1924. I was curious. I’ve heard of the Toastmasters group and knew it had something to do with public speaking, but that was all. So I decided to check out their website http://www.toastmasters.org/, and found it to be quite informative. Toastmasters was started by a man named Ralph Smedley. In his position as director of education for a YMCA, he saw that many young men needed training in public speaking and presiding over meetings. The first meeting was in the basement of the YMCA he worked at in Santa Ana, California. From that humble beginning the club thrived and grew into an organization that has more than 13,000 clubs with some 270,00 members in 116 countries!
Toastmasters goal is to teach people better communication skills, give them more confidence and to help them become a leader in their field. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, then head over to their website and check it out for yourself. There are three local clubs in the Fremont-Newark area that I found. Most clubs are open to everyone and you can go and observe a meeting and find it if this is something for you.
There are also free resources available to the general public. There are many articles in their Toastmaster Magazine archives pertaining to communication and leadership skills that may be quite useful. Included are links to “Need help giving a speech?” and “Questions about leadership?” that appear to be quite helpful to someone who needs to make a speech and is nt so sure how to go about it.
Happy birthday, Toastmasters International!