Good communicators tend to become good leaders, according to Toastmasters International. Extraordinary communication skills are especially important for Project Managers. The Toastmasters Club of PMI Southern Alberta Chapter provides the value of a relaxed, supportive and friendly environment to foster self-development efforts.
The PMI-SAC Toastmasters meet every Tuesday at 6:25 pm in the Bridgeland Riverside Community Hall (917 Centre Avenue NE – South Door).
Toastmasters Calendar can be visited in the following link:
Activities you can take part in include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Prepared Speeches
1-2 members deliver prepared speeches using projects from the Competent Communicator or an Advanced Communicator manual
- Table Topics
2-3 members deliver a table topic or impromptu speech; Table Topics provide opportunities to practice responding to questions in an intelligent manner, critically important for both professional and personal interactions
Everything in Toastmasters is evaluated – from the prepared and impromptu speaking to the evaluations and general meeting conduct; this immediate feedback by fellow club members provides constructive and helpful assistance for all club members, and is based on specific guidelines provided in the speech project and Competent Leader manuals
- Conducting Effective Meetings
All meetings are conducted using a pre-prepared agenda with assigned roles where members prepare in advance of the meeting; in addition, the business meeting portion of each club meeting is always conducted using Robert’s Rules of Order to assist in your knowledge of formal meeting execution
- Leadership Development Opportunities
Each club has a club executive who have responsibilities to ensure club and member success; participation in the activities at this level will grow your leadership experience
It goes without saying that members take turns practicing their listening and leadership skills when they take an active role in club activities.
Join us as a guest and see how you can take your communication skills to the next level!
When and Where
Club meetings are held each Tuesday evening at the Bridgeland Riverside Community Hall (917 Centre Avenue NE – South Door Lower Rooms C/D). For the current schedule, please consult the Club’s web site on Toastmasters.org : http://pmisactm.toastmastersclubs.org/
PMI credential holders earn valuable PDUs while improving important communications skills. Take on meeting roles to earn 1 PDU per meeting.
Membership in the PMI-SAC Toastmasters Club is limited to members of the PMI Southern Alberta Chapter. You can attend a PMI-SAC Toastmasters Club meeting or two as a visitor to try it out. Should you decide to continue attending, you will need to join the Chapter. Let a member of the Toastmasters Club executive know and they will be more than happy to help you complete the requisite paperwork. Annual membership and materials fees are prorated throughout the year. In April 2012 for example, the cost for new members was $120, and dual members was $100.
If you are interested in gaining leadership experience, you may choose to serve as a club officer in the capacity of President, VP Education, VP Membership, and VP Public Relations, Secretary, Treasurer, and Sergeant-at-Arms. Additional opportunities for leadership are available at Area, Division, District and International levels.
Toastmasters International is a worldwide organization dedicated to helping people become more effective communicators. Toastmasters helps men and women learn the art of effective speaking and listening, the two most vital skills that promote better self-esteem and enhance leadership potential.