Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations.
Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization has more than 270,000 members in more than 13,000 clubs in 116 countries.
Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people of all backgrounds become more confident in front of an audience. Two Oceans Toastmasters was formed in Fish Hoek in 1991.
The Toastmasters' Vision
Toastmasters International empowers people to achieve their full potential and realise their dreams. Through its member clubs, people throughout the world can improve their communication and leadership skills, which in turn gives them the courage to change.
The Toastmasters' Mission
Toastmasters International is the leading movement devoted to making effective oral communication a world-wide reality. Through its member clubs, Toastmasters International helps men and women learn the arts of speaking, listening and thinking - vital skills that promote self-actualisation, enhance leadership potential, foster human understanding and contribute to the betterment of mankind.
It is basic to this mission that Toastmasters International continually expand its worldwide network of Clubs, thereby offering ever-greater numbers of people the opportunity to benefit from its programmes.
Toastmasters International's core values are integrity, dedication to excellence, service to the member and respect for the individual. These are values worthy of a great organization, and we believe we should incorporate them as anchor points in every decision we make. Our core values provide us with a means of not only guiding but also evaluating our operations, our planning and our vision for the future.
What's in it for you?
Benefits for the Individual: Survey after survey shows that presentation skills are crucial to success in the workplace. Many people pay high fees for seminars to gain the skill and confidence necessary to face an audience. Toastmasters provides an option that is less expensive and held in high regard in business circles. This organization has been around for more than 84 years and offers a proven and enjoyable way to practise and hone communication and leadership skills.
Benefits to Companies: When employees are confident and competent communicators, everyone wins.
Your company's success depends in large part on how well your employees communicate with each other as well as with customers. The effects of a poorly run meeting or an ineffective sales presentation are lasting and expensive.
How well do your employees convey their expertise to potential customers? Can they 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 chances are your company needs employees with leadership potential.
Most people are shy or nervous about speaking in public. Many of your employees would rather have a root canal than sign up for a speaking class at the office. However, since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped millions of men and women become more confident in front of an audience. Our international network and our learn-by-doing program are sure to help your employees become better speakers and leaders.
Want to come to a meeting? Upcoming Two Oceans Toastmasters Meetings
Costs of Joining...
To become a member of any Toastmasters club in the world, you have to join Toastmasters International in the USA. There is a once-off joining fee of 20 US Dollars that you never pay again and thereafter it costs 7.50 US Dollars a month, payable twice-yearly in two 6-month instalments of $45 on 1st October and 1st April.
Although all prices are quoted in US Dollars, members pay their fees direct to their club in SA Rands. The exact amount due thus depends on the exchange rate and on which month you join in.
At present, Two Oceans Toastmasters charges R100 per member to cover administrative costs & R70 for a personalised badge to be printed.
Toastmasters allows you to:
- Learn to communicate more effectively
- Become a better listener
- Improve your presentation skills
- Increase your leadership potential
- Become more successful in your career
- Build your ability to motivate and persuade
- Reach your professional and personal goals
- Increase your self confidence.