Where leaders are made
Where leaders are made
Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped more than 4 million people just like you, from around the world, become more confident speakers and leaders.
By completing a series of 10 self-paced speaking assignments designed to instill a basic foundation in public speaking. Then choose from 15 advanced manuals to learn skills related to specific interests.
By taking on various meeting roles and serving as officers at the club and district levels. In our learn-by-doing approach, we don’t lecture our members about leadership skills, we give them responsibilities and ask them to lead.
Participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a friendly atmosphere. There is no instructor in a Toastmasters meeting. Instead, members evaluate and give feedback to their peers.
“The club has helped me gain more confidence when speaking in public. It has also contributed to developing my creative and imaginative skills when improvisation is crucial to communicating successfully.
My listening skills and my ability to evaluate in a diplomatic way have improved. I am learning not only from the things done well in the club but also from the mistakes we make because the evaluations and suggestions of improvement give us the suggestions we need to learn more and become better communicators and leaders if we practice enough.”
Toastmasters has changed my life. In May 2009 I gave a speech at my cousin André’s wedding in front of 500 guests and discovered my passion. I started looking for ways to get speaking skills training, found out about Toastmasters, and it was love at first sight. Being in Madrid at that time I immediately enrolled in two clubs. Since then I haven’t stopped growing and know that with Toastmasters I won’t stop doing so. Today I traing people to help them boost their ideas, communicate them with passion, and thus gain a solid competitive advantage over other people. Without Toastmasters I wouldn’t be where I am today.
”Toastmasters has helped me to be more self-confident, I have developed my communication skills and I have improved my relationship with my mates and colleagues.”
”Public speaking skills are very much like sports, you need to practice them. If you want to improve, you have to train. The club is a great place to practice or train your skills while you share experiences with other people.
Before joining, I did not use to prepare my speeches or presentations because I thought that there was no need to train. As I went through the first ten projects, the improvement was noticeable.
First you go to school, then to high school, after that to university… and after 15 years studying, you realize that nobody taught you how to prepare your speeches or presentations needed for your job. After that, I had to lead a team…and again, nobody had taught me how to do it. The club helped me to be a better speaker and a better leader.”
”I have learned things I didn’t expect at the beginning, first of all, I learned a lot about leadership, founding a club and creating a team is not an easy task, it requires you to develop some skills that are really useful in your real life: networking, marketing and selling a project, motivating people, mentoring people…
But, I also found out that being successful at a meeting does not only depend on the content of your presentation, delivery techniques are the most important facilitator to reach your audience and get your message across, and here in Toastmasters, I am learning little by little how to improve my delivery techniques, how to communicate better, not only in meetings, but also in my personal life.”
”I suffered from stage fright which is a problem in my career, and I have not overcome it yet. I’m convinced that in order to conquer your fears you need to face them. Toastmasters Bilbao provides me a great environment to practice and improve my skills to face and surmount what prevents me to do my best in my job.”
”The main impact in my life is that I am always looking for an evaluation. Feedback has become a necessity.”
”Toastmasters is providing me with a wide range of useful technical resources on public speaking and leadership, and I am learning and enjoying a lot from the fact of getting out of my comfort zone week after week.”
”Toastmasters has been a great discovery. It appeared in my life to give me the help and inspiration that I needed. Being a member of this enthusiastic club is encouraging me to do my best. I feel that I can develop and improve my skills. Every meeting is a new little challenge. Definitely it helps me in my life and in my job.”
”I work at a university and one of the challenges, and also one of the shortcomings, commonly found in college is making science more attractive for non-scientists. The dynamics of Toastmasters allows me to improve my communication skills to bring the newest research results to a non-expert public.”
”Toastmasters has helped me grow in both professional and personal life. In professional life, as a Manager, I have to participate in quite a few meetings, and although each meeting has its own purpose, there is always a common denominator, listening and communicating ideas, and my participation in a Toastmaster club has taught me how to do it in the right way. Also, as a Manager, I have to lead a team of people, get out the most of them, and that`s something that I have learned through the foundation process of my club.
In personal life, Toastmasters let me meet great people that share same curiosities, be more sociable and also how to listen better to friends and colleagues to make stronger relationships.”
I joined Toastmasters on the recommendation of two members who saw me speaking in church and perceived room for improvement, especially in the area of body language. I’m still a long way short of perfect, but the difference between then and now is significant. I’ve also had a lot of fun, especially in the humorous speech contests.
Barcelona Toastmasters is more than just a club for me. It’s like a family with a unique and friendly atmosphere. This is a place where I am learning, challenging myself, having fun and the most important – becoming a better version of myself! As a President of the club I had a unique opportunity to feel the team work, willing to help and ready to take last minute decisions at any time. Thanks to Barcelona Toastmasters I became more successful in leadership and motivating others. This is a long term compromise which I took and this is one of my best decisions ever. We are a great team of highly motivated and caring people, one team – one dream! Be prepared for a unique experience with Barcelona Toastmasters, because once you try – you cannot live without it!
Acudí a Toastmasters Barcelona porque me di cuenta de la importancia de saber hablar bien en público. En mi primera sesión me sorprendió la organización y la precisión. La agenda estaba perfectamente calculada para dar cabida a todo lo planeado y la reunión fue un éxito. Más tarde vi que no fue una excepción ya que todas las sesiones están preparadas con mimo y detalle.
Hoy, más de dos años después de ingresar en el club, diría que fue una de las mejores decisiones de mi vida. Lo que empezó como una aventura para aprender ha acabado en un compromiso con un increíble grupo de personas y un ambiente sensacional. Cuando me preguntan qué es Toastmasters lo que respondo es: “Ven un día y lo verás”
Becoming a member of Barcelona Toastmasters have had a big impact on my life. I joined our club because I wanted to improve my public speaking skills, but what I have learned until now, have exceeded my expectations.
My daily communication has changed, I have improved in how to express myself, I have learned to handle conflicts.
As a vice president of education, I had the opportunity to become a better leader and realize that leadership is omnipresent in our lives.
Becoming more confident as a speaker and a leader has not been the only acquirement: I have become more self-confident as a person, and Toastmasters inspires me every week to pursue my ideas, my dreams and make positive changes in other’s and my life.
If you are looking for a way to develop your public speaking and leadership skills, you have arrived to the right place.
Here you will find information about how Toastmasters can help you become a better speaker and leader, and how to find the club in Spain that better suits your needs.
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