August 28, 2010

You may be wondering..

“What on earth is Greater Knox Toastmasters and what has it got to do with me?” 

Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a network of club meetings. Participation in Toastmasters is the best way to lose your fear of public speaking. A typical Toastmasters club is made up of 12 to 30 people who meet once a week for about an hour.  Each meeting gives you an opportunity to practice speaking.  You will practice and learn skills by filling meeting roles such as giving a prepared speech or serving as a timer, evaluator or grammarian.

A Toastmasters club meeting is more of a workshop than a class because there are no instructors; instead each speech and meeting is evaluated by your fellow members in a positive manner focusing on what you did well and where you can improve.

This site comprises clubs in Knoxville and Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Also known as District 63 Division B. We all gather together a couple of times a year for speech contests and trainings.  These gatherings help us bond as a community.  The purpose of this site is to help us develop an online community.

Toastmaster exists to support and develop its individual members.  As you can see in the pyramid diagram, the member is on top and supported by the hierarchy of the entire organization.

 

                                                    

 

You, the Member – supported and served by the organization.  

Your club exists to support and develop its members.

Your Area, served by an Area Director, supports your club.

Your Division, served by a Division Director, supports your area. 

Your District, served by your District Director and executive team, supports your Division, its areas, and the club members.

Your Region is served by your elected International Director and your appointed regional advisor.

 

Toastmasters International and World Headquarters exist to help you become a better speaker and leader.