Imperial College Speakers is part of Toastmasters International, being one of the over 16,000 clubs in 116 countries all over the world. Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Signing up as a member of Toastmasters International is so much more than just appearing at meetings and giving speeches. Toastmasters is about being part of a supportive group of individuals in your local area who share the common goal of improving their communication and leadership skills.
The Toastmasters programme will give you the skills and confidence to effectively express yourself in any situation. Upon joining Toastmasters, you will choose a course through Pathways. You may also subscribe to the monthly Toastmasters magazine.
What is Pathways? (Skip ahead if you read the contents of the link.) Toastmasters has cultivated a highly user-friendly, flexible and, for the first time, computerised interactive program over many decades, which has culminated into what they are calling Pathways.
There are 11 paths to choose from, and you can pick more than one (although the first one is free). Which one resonates with you the most? (Try hovering over the icons to get a better idea!)
Please note that each path could take multiple years to complete. What? Why did I even waste my time reading this, I hear you scream, I don’t have time for this! I already got your back. We are unlike the average Toastmasters club that only meets once a month. Yes, we are proud to be one of the select few to hold weekly meetings, meaning that we can propel you to achieve your dreams faster than you think.
There will be plenty of challenges and rewards for you as you engage with your path. We are here for you every step of the way. Just as a journey of a thousand miles begins with one, so does the delivery of an entire speech begin with one word. We’ll help fill each one of those words with a touch of fun, creativity and awe so that you will be churning out President-quality speeches in no time at all! Anyway, I think you get the gist; now, what action are you going to take?
As you progress in Toastmasters, you’ll get to practice your skills by organising and conducting meetings and motivating others to help you. Become a better negotiator. Gain trust. Inspire your team.