Once you login in, you will have access to member specific information for the club including schedules, meeting handbook, and other important club materials.
As a new member of Glen Abbey Toastmasters, you are about to embark on a journey of self growth, personal satisfaction, and finding your confident voice. Please ask any Glen Abbey Toastmaster for help at any time.
1 – Become Familiar With GATM Information
If you are reading this, you have been given a password to the member area of the website by the VP Membership. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the content on this member portal.
2 – Mentorship + Planning
The Mentorship Lead will discuss the Mentorship Program with you, and will find you a Mentor that’s a good fit. Typically mentors work with Mentees for the first three speeches. (sometimes longer).
Read the program information:
- Mentoring Presentation
- Mentor Assignment Form / Responsibilities
- Mentee Assignment Form / Responsibilities
Book a meeting with your mentor at a mutually convenient time and discuss your goals
Speak to the VP Education and get yourself on the schedule as a greeter, timer, quizmaster, or grammarian.
Also with the VP Education – book your Icebreaker Speech – ideally between weeks 4-8 after joining.
3 – Pathways
Once you receive your Toastmasters New Member Package from Toastmasters International, take some time to review the Pathways Information. PAthways is the educational program and journey you will go through to learn public speaking skills and work on projects.
4 – Start Taking Roles
Time to dive into Toastmasters weekly meeting roles
- If you are already taking on roles – that is great. Make sure you get your Competent Leader Manual signed every time you complete an eligible role.
- If you don’t have a role one week – try printing off the script for a more advanced role from the Glen Abbey Toastmasters Handbook and follow how a more experienced Toastmaster adapts that role to the meeting and their personal style.
5 – Start Speaking
Create your icebreaker speech and review with your Mentor.
- Practice your speech in front of the mirror
- Practice your speech by taping it on your smartphone – and then actually watching it
- Practice your speech in front of your family or friends
Good luck – you will be awesome!
6 – Keep Listening and Participating
Active listening is a big part of Toastmasters.
- Listen to learn and to provide effective feedback on feedback forms
- Listen to recognize patterns and ideas that you can use in your speaking
Active participation is a big part of Toastmasters.
- Participate to practice
- Participate to be comfortable, confident, and natural
Enjoy the journey. Ask anyone at Glen Abbey Toastmasters for help. We’re all here to support your success.
Other Links Of Interest
- Word Of The Day: Insightful and persuasive words you can use every day!
- Master of Ceremonies and Toasts : An in depth study of the Master of Ceremonies & Toasts
- The Art Of Using Humour in Public Speaking
- Toastmasters Podcasts at Toastmasters International