In the past, I’ve been a member of Toastmasters and found it to be a fantastic way to improve my speaking and leadership skills and confidence. I started as a member of the Young Achievers Toastmasters group in Brisbane, way back in the late 90’s, and still have some friends today from that club. One, in fact, has a fabulous career travelling the world speaking (Shane Dallas – The Travel Camel). When I first moved to the Netherlands in 2003, I joined what was then the first english-speaking club in the country, TMOTH (Toastmasters of The Hague) and was one of the charter members. I’m pleased to see this club still going strong.
Since I’ve become a mother, I haven’t attended meetings as I found it difficult to fit my schedule, but have always had a fond spot for the organisation, and mentioned it to my ebusiness class last year at The Hague University (IBMS: International Business & Management Studies Bachelor’s programme). Their assignment was to build a website and to pitch it in a 2 minute live presentation, with the rationale behind this being that being able to clearly present your ideas is a crucial part of the skill set for business. I told the class that if they were interested in developing their public speaking skills, they may want to look into attending a club, or even starting one at the university. I’m pleased to say that one of my students, Denise Mertins, grabbed this idea and ran with it. I put her in touch with Cathy Delhanty, an experienced Toastmaster in The Hague, who has supported her in getting it started. They have been working hard over the last few months to put together a board and get it up and running – and I’m looking forward to attending the intro meeting tomorrow! The club is open to both students and faculty and some external speakers are invited as well. It was great to discover that a couple of my colleagues have been Toastmasters members before as well.
Toastmasters is an international organisation, so no matter where you are in the world, there is likely to be a club near you. You work through a structured programme at your own pace, developing communication and presentation skills, which I can personally say are incredibly useful in both your personal and professional life. Clubs always welcome visitors to come along and take a look first, so take a look at the “club finder” on their website here if you’re interested: http://www.toastmasters.org/Find-a-Club
I’m looking forward to becoming a member again and continuing to develop my skills. See below for more information.
In the next academic year, The Hague University will launch a new club called The HUT (The Hague University Toastmasters). Do not miss the chance to become one of the first members since only limited spaces will be available. We will have a first introduction meeting to demonstrate the concept of Toastmasters and how YOU benefit from it.
What can you expect?
- Great speeches from experienced Toastmasters
- How you can improve your communication, public speaking and leadership skills
- Learn how Toastmasters can broaden up your network for future job opportunities and internships
- Learn about opportunities within Toastmasters International (leadership positions)
- Learn about various certificates you can achieve as a Toastmaster
- Learn about the Toastmasters Wold championship
Join our first introduction meeting to see how a typical Toastmasters meeting will be held and how we can help you to develop yourself into a professional speaker and communicator.
Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking, and leadership skills. For the past 90 years, it has accumulated a global population of 332,000 members in over 15,400 clubs in 135 different countries