Monthly Toastmasters Meetings
Are you looking for ways to improve your communication effectiveness? Does the thought of public speaking make you very nervous? You are not alone, but you can learn the tools required to become an effective and engaging speaker. Communication and leadership skills are critical to your professional (and personal) success.
Toastmasters International is the world's leading not-for-profit educational organization. Its primary purpose is to provide an atmosphere that promotes growth and development in two primary areas: communication and leadership. These skills are essential for every project management practitioner.
The Fort Worth Project Management (FW PM) Toastmasters club is for members of the FW PMI and Dallas PMI chapters and it combines the qualities of both Project Management and Toastmaster clubs/chapters. It provides a fun and safe venue to improve your communication and leadership skills. The focus is on project management topics and meetings qualify for 1 PDU. The Toastmasters club is a peer led organization and all feedback and evaluations are done as peers and are intended to help members get better and to hone their skills as both speakers and leaders. Evaluation feedback is given at each meeting and it is intended to be immediate to help the speaker improve their communication skills. The Toastmasters meetings are offered twice each month and each meeting has a project management related theme and word of the day. The meetings are currently virtual and are on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm. The call opens 30 minutes early for networking. Meetings are free to visitors and membership fees apply. The meetings are divided into 4 sections: 1) Introductions, 2) Prepared Speeches (on a variety of professional topics, including work related speeches that you may need to give), 3) Impromptu Speeches (Table Topics based on the theme and word of the day), and 4) Evaluation (feedback is given at the end of the meeting: Ah and Um counts, how often the word of the day was used, listening, speech evaluation feedback, and speaking time update). Registering is easy from the www.fwpmi.org events calendar. The Toastmasters events are already on the schedule through the end of the year. Watch for more information about an Open House in May. This will be a great opportunity to check out the Fort Worth Project Management Toastmasters Club. We hope to see you at an upcoming meeting.