Interested in working with HSC colleagues to starta Toastmasters Club on North Campus? Come to a demonstration meeting April 1 and see for yourself what Toastmasters is all about. Toastmasters is a program devoted to helping individuals develop better speaking and presentation skills in a supportive, self-paced, fun atmosphere. The program will help you learn to think quickly and clearly on your feet; to build strong leadership abilities; and to hone your listening skills.

A typical Toastmasters group is made up of 20 people meeting once a week for about an hour. Each meeting gives everyone an opportunity to practice:

Giving impromptu speeches - Members have the opportunity to present one- to two-minute impromptu speeches on assigned topics.

Presenting prepared speeches - Three or more members present speeches based on projects from Toastmasters manuals, covering topics such as speech organization, humor, voice, language, gestures and persuasion.

Offering constructive evaluation - Every speaker is assigned an evaluator who points out speech strengths and suggestions for improvement. This peer evaluation element is key to the success of the Toastmasters program. It gives members the confidence to progress one step at a time toward becoming the speaker and leader they want to be.

On April 1, members of Lobo Toastmasters from the Anderson School of Management will hold a demonstration meeting in HSSB, room 105 from noon to 1 p.m. for folks interesting in starting a club here at the HSC. Please join us and see what Toastmasters can do for you. For more information, contact Owen Ellard at oellard@salud.unm.edu.


Contact: Owen Ellard