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TOASTMASTERS CAN HELP YOU GET READY -TVjCChhaarlr*le s G. Steele, Executive Office partner: 28 At frequent intervals, the practice offices of Haskins & Sells are asked to provide speakers. Or an individual in any of those offices is invited to give a talk on short notice. The request may come from a school or college, a business organization, a civic group, or perhaps a radio station. The subjects can range from careers in accounting to income taxes to a complex federal regulation. Whatever the subject, those who ask H&S for a speaker expect the best. It is in the cards for almost everyone who spends more than a few years with the Firm to be called on, eventually, to face an audience. When your turn comes, will you be ready? Will you feel confident in standing up to speak before a large group of people, most of whom are strangers? Can you deliver your message clearly and effectively, without suffering the tortures of platform-fright? Can you field questions deftly, and give satisfactory answers? When it is over, will you be satisfied with your presentation? Will your listeners be glad they heard you? One of the best ways to make sure that the answer to these questions is "yes" is to take part in Toastmasters International, the worldwide organization devoted to self-improvement in public speaking. A good many partners and managers in the Firm have trained themselves in Toast-masters, and the consensus among them is that they have benefited from it and enjoyed it. There is a Toastmasters club in or near almost every city and town where H&S professionals work or live. If there are several clubs in one area, a person interested in joining can visit the meetings of several clubs in "I found that my experience in Toastmasters in Detroit (1958-61) helped me develop confidence in appearing before audiences, and practice, particularly in extemporaneous speaking, helped to build confidence." turn and select the one that suits him or her best, according to the convenience of its meeting place and time or the conviviality of its members. In fact, there are roughly 3,500 Toastmasters clubs in the United States (and more in a dozen other countries), and every large city has a good many clubs from which to select. In Toastmasters the members (men and women, despite the masculine sound of the name) learn by doing. Everyone takes his or her turn delivering prepared speeches of five to seven minutes in length, following a prescribed plan to develop various speaking skills. A member is also called on to give talks of one to two minutes' length with no advance warning. Everyone serves as evaluator, on his feet in front of the club, following the prepared speech given by another member. And everyone is subjected to an evaluation from a fellow member. As the weeks pass, each member also serves as Toastmaster (chairman) of the meeting, and in that position gains experience as a master of ceremonies responsible for making the meeting run on schedule. The Toast-master calls the meeting to order, introduces the speakers, leads the applause and in general sets the tone of the session. In addition, members rotate as general evaluator of the entire meeting, with the task of commenting on how well the speech evaluators, the Toast-master for the day and various others have performed. Clearly, by the time you have attended a dozen weekly (or biweekly) meetings of a Toastmasters club, you have practiced expressing yourself orally before a group in a number of different roles. In doing so, anyone is bound to grow both in ability and in self-
Toastmasters can help you get ready
Steele, Charles G.
Speeches, addresses, etc.
Steele, Charles G.
Haskins & Sells. Executive Office
Haskins & Sells. Omaha Office
H&S Reports, Vol. 13, (1976 autumn), p. 28-32
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