Sharpen your public speaking skills at Yale Toastmasters

July 21, 2017

Does the thought of public speaking make you break out in a cold sweat? Yale Toastmasters invites you to attend one of its meetings to learn how to be a more organized, convincing, and confident presenter.

For 15 years, Yale Toastmasters has helped its members improve their public speaking and leadership skills in a fun, friendly, and supportive environment.

“I attend Yale Toastmasters to enhance my public speaking abilities, to challenge myself and continue to grow in a supportive environment,” said Konstantza Popova, Strategic Sourcing Manager in Procurement, who recently joined the club. “I enjoy the diverse group of people who provide insightful and constructive perspectives.”

Open to all members of the Yale community and the general public, Yale Toastmasters meets at two locations:

  • 25 Science Park: First and third Wednesdays, noon to 1 p.m. at 150 Munson St., Room 439
  • Bass Library: Second and fourth Fridays, noon to 1 p.m., at 110 Wall St., Room L-01 (lower level)

Meetings consist of delivering and listening to prepared speeches, participating in speaking exercises, and evaluating each other’s progress. Most of the attendees are Yale staff members, but the group includes working professionals from throughout the area, including business people, lawyers, teachers, and social workers.

Benefits of membership include:

  • Biweekly lunchtime meetings at two campus locations:  25 Science Park and Bass Library
  • Two manuals with tips and projects: Competent Communication and Competent Leadership
  • Mentorship to help you identify areas of improvement, set goals, and track progress
  • Subscription to Toastmaster magazine
  • Invitations to local, regional, and national events

Guests who choose to join Yale Toastmasters pay nominal dues. Some Yale departments have used staff development funds to pay employee’s membership costs.

Dwayne Edwards, Service Operations and Project Manager for Campus Community Technologies, is a Toastmasters veteran, having achieved the Competent Communicator certification. He said he continues to find value in belonging to the organization.

“I enjoy working on my leadership and speaking skills through toastmasters and helping others do the same,” Dwayne said. “Right now I am focusing on my facilitation skills and giving constructive feedback through the Yale Toastmasters Club.”

Visit the Yale Toastmasters website at http://820.toastmastersclubs.org. For more information about the international Toastmasters organization, visit http://www.toastmasters.org.