Achieving skills needed for effective communication is a hefty process. It is quite rare for that to be achieved overnight, and we in this light, consider the constant practice of what we try to achieve is of utmost importance. For this purpose, we conduct weekly educational meetings within the university premises. The meetings are held in the evenings, so that members from all faculties, all departments and all levels of the university can take part without any hassle.
The meetings are held adhering as much as possible to the typical Toastmasters’ Meeting Agenda. We conduct a Round-Robin session to warm up the speakers at the beginning, and then move on to the Table Topics (impromptu) session. The most important speakers, i.e. prepared speakers are given the stage next. We quite often see the table topics sessions become a much enjoyed time of the meeting with almost all the attendants taking their chances to speak. And we have seen often how the members improve themselves in the continuation of this process.
Also, all the members are evaluated within the meeting to ensure continuous development of our members. The role players, such as the ah-counter, the timer, the grammarian, who are given the roles & responsibilities in the preceding meeting, are evaluated following the guidelines of the Competent Leadership Manual of Toastmasters International, and the prepared speakers according to those of the Competent Communicator Manual. And two table topic evaluators also emphasize on the merits and possible improvements of each impromptu speaker, giving a much needed friendly feedback for them to improve on their abilities without being frowned upon.
Competent Communicator Manual
The Competent Communication manual of Toastmasters’ International helps you to develop the basic skills that you need to prepare and present an effective speech.The manual is organized into ten separate projects, each with its own individual focus or objective. An extremely effective tool in developing your speaking skills, the Competent Communication manual never tells you exactly what to do or what to speak about, but rather it provides a set of guidelines for you to think about as you prepare your speech.
Gavel Club provides its members with a free copy of the Competent Communicator manual when they are ready to begin the journey of undertaking the 10 projects.
Competent Leadership Manual
Each of the ten projects in Toastmasters’ International’s Competent Leadership manual focuses on a different leadership skill, providing you background information and an assignment that requires your serving in one or more specified meeting or club roles in which you can practice aspects of that skill. Roles can include Evaluator, Timer, Toastmaster, Ah-Counter and General Evaluator. In most projects you can choose which roles to serve in.