Foothills Toastmasters is a non-profit, volunteer-based club devoted to improving public speaking and leadership skills. We are a local chapter of Toastmasters International.
We’re one of Calgary’s longest serving and largest clubs (in existence for over 50 years). We strive to create a welcoming, fun environment that is extremely supportive to new members with little or no experience.
How Toastmasters Works
At Toastmasters, members learn by speaking in front of an audience and working with others in a very supportive environment. If you’re interested in building self-esteem and confidence in front of people, or simply want to polish your presentation skills, this is the place to be!
Our meetings typically have 20+ people who meet for about two hours on a Thursday evening. This is a dinner club, although having a meal is not mandatory. Members have specific roles assigned. Each meeting gives everyone an opportunity to practice:
- Conducting meetings. Our weekly meetings usually begin with a short business session which helps members learn basic parliamentary procedure.
- Giving impromptu speeches. Members present one-to two-minute impromptu speeches on assigned topics.
- Presenting prepared speeches. Three or more members present speeches based on projects from the Toastmasters International Communication and Leadership Program manuals. Projects cover such topics as speech organization, voice, language, gestures, and persuasion.
- Offering constructive evaluation. Every prepared speaker is assigned an evaluator who points out speech strengths and offers suggestions for improvement.
The Tools We Use
New members receive manuals and resources on speaking. Members also have access to books, audio, and video on speaking and leadership. They also receive the award-winning “Toastmaster,” a monthly magazine that offers the latest insights on speaking and leadership techniques.
Interested in Joining?
Feel free to join us as our guest any Thursday night from September through June. Be sure to come a bit early (about 5:45 or so) as the meeting begins at 6PM. The meeting itself is free for guests (with coffee) and if you’d like a meal, there is a $12.00 charge.
|Foothills Toastmasters is located at the:Calgary Elks Lodge and Golf Club
2502 – 6th St. NE
Calgary, AlbertaFor a larger map, click here.For more information on the venue, see our location page
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