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Your Toastmasters journey begins with OAKS Toastmasters Club

Be a guest at our next regular meeting on Thursday, July 18. Email Mary Peterson (argf) for Zoom details.

About OAKS Toastmasters Club

Are you a State Farm associate who'd like to gain more self-confidence as a public speaker and also develop leadership skills? Would you like to surround yourself with supportive encouraging people who'll help you grow, develop, and learn?

Toastmasters can provide you with the skills and confidence to effectively express yourself in any situation. Our club has been helping IT and insurance professionals convey complex ideas clearly and understandably to any audience for nearly three decades.

What happens at a Toastmasters meeting? Members give prepared presentations and then other members provide constructive feedback. This feedback loop is what makes the program so successful! Also, members and guests have the opportunity to give impromptu speeches on selected topics. We promise you'll be neither bored nor made uncomfortable!

To learn more about us, visit one of our regular meetings. There’s never an obligation to speak at a meeting--we wait until you’re ready. Guests are ALWAYS welcome to attend and may participate at no cost. If you decide to join, membership costs $60 every six months, plus a $20 one-time fee for materials. Check with your management. It’s likely they'll cover the expense.

We look forward to meeting you!

How Toastmasters Helps Conquer Fear

Does the mere thought of being asked to say a few words fill you with dread?

If so, you’re hardly alone! Fear of public speaking is reputed to rank even higher than death! Whether it’s the upcoming wedding speech, an important presentation to your leadership and peers, or simply making your point in a meeting of colleagues, it’s easy for the fear to take over – so that you don’t perform at your best. There are consequences for how you’re viewed by friends, family and your boss, with follow-on emotional and economic impacts.

So what would you like to do about it? Toastmasters is the answer.

Our learn-by-doing program is sure to help you become a better speaker and leader because you’ll be building your skills at a pace that you choose. And the regular meetings ensure you practice and develop your skills – just as you might build your muscles through regular exercise.

Here are just some of the benefits of joining Toastmasters:

  • Regular and constructive feedback from other learners as you practice organizing your thoughts and presenting them clearly
  • Access to a wealth of educational materials and resources on public speaking, listening skills, and effective communication in conferences and meetings.
  • A free subscription to the Toastmaster, a monthly online magazine that provides insights on communication, leadership, club activities and other relevant topics.

Members quickly gain the skills that allow them to excel at job interviews, present humorous, informative or special occasion speeches, or give powerful business presentations.

Yes, there is work involved, but the payoff is well worth it. It's an investment in yourself.

Come along to our next meeting to find out more and see it in action. Guests are most welcome and can come as many times as they like.

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Looking to improve your speaking and leadership skills? Ignite your career? Gain the confidence to speak up?

You’ve come to the right place. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped more than 4 million people just like you, from around the world, become more confident speakers and leaders. 

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development, with more than 364,000 members in over 16,200 clubs in 145 countries. This network of clubs and their learn-by-doing programme are sure to help you improve.

Toastmasters will give you the skills and confidence you need to express yourself effectively in any situation. Whether you are a professional, student, stay-at-home parent or retired, Toastmasters is the most efficient, enjoyable and affordable way of gaining great communication skills. You'll learn how to:

  • Formulate and express your ideas effectively
  • Be more persuasive and confident when giving presentations
  • Improve your one-on-one dealings with others

Don't delay! Become the speaker and leader you want to be. Confident, charismatic leaders weren't born that way. 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.

Visit our next meeting - guests are most welcome. You won't regret it!

Toastmasters Mission

The Toastmasters Mission
A statement of shared values

Every Toastmasters club shares the same mission, clearly defined in the following mission statement:

We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.

Through this mission, each Toastmaster gains a clear understanding of the club's purpose, and the organization as a whole benefits from a shared set of values and goals.

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