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ORRA launches chapter of Toastmasters International

Monday, January 24, 2011  
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Effective presentation skills are crucial to the success of a REALTOR®! So ORRA has established a chapter of Toastmasters International, an organization devoted to confident public speaking.

ORRA’s chapter, "Leaders In Communication,” meets every other Tuesday (opposite of orientation week) at 8:30 a.m. in the ORRA Boardroom. New participants pay a $20 initiation fee, then pay $27 in dues to Toastmasters International every six months.

There is no need to RSVP, just show up and start acquiring the skills and assuredness to address an audience of two or 2,000!

Learn more about the supportive environment fostered by Toastmasters International, and the self-paced curriculum that also leads to more confidence with informal conversation and better written communication.

Toastmasters makes learning fun!

Toastmasters offers a proven – and enjoyable – way to practice communication and leadership skills. Here’s how it works:

A Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a friendly atmosphere. A typical group has 20 to 40 members who meet weekly or biweekly to practice public speaking techniques. The average meeting lasts one hour.

Members learn communication skills by working in the Competent Communication manual, a series of 10 self-paced speaking assignments designed to instill a basic foundation in public speaking. Participants learn skills related to use of humor, gestures, eye contact, speech organization and overall delivery. When finished with this manual, members can choose from 15 advanced manuals to learn skills related to specific interests.

Members also learn leadership skills by taking on various meeting roles and serving as officers at the club and district levels, and by working in the Competent Leadership manual and the High Performance Leadership program. In our learn-by-doing approach, we don’t lecture our members about leadership skills; we give them responsibilities and ask them to lead.

There is no instructor in a Toastmasters meeting. Instead, members evaluate one another’s presentations. This feedback process is a key part of the program’s success. Meeting participants also give impromptu talks on assigned topics, conduct meetings, serve as officers in various leadership roles, and learn rules related to timing, grammar, and parliamentary procedure.

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