Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Founded in October 1924, the organization currently has more than 280,000 members in 13,500 plus clubs in 116 countries.
Division X is part of District 21 and covers all of the Toastmasters clubs in the Kelowna, West Kelowna, Penticton, Oliver, Nelson, Castlegar and Nakusp areas.
Please see the specific pages for each location to find all of the clubs in our division, times, dates and in most cases websites for each club.
One thing that all of our clubs have in common, is a safe, supportive environment in which to learn to speak in front of an audience and learn to work productively with others. If you’re interested in building self-esteem and confidence in front of people, or simply want to polish your presentation skills, this is the place to be.
How Toastmasters Works
Our meetings typically have 20+ people who meet for one or two hours per meeting. Members have specific roles assigned. Each meeting gives everyone an opportunity to practice:
- Giving impromptu speeches. Members present one-to two-minute impromptu speeches on assigned topics.
- Presenting prepared speeches. Three or more members present speeches based on projects from the Toastmasters International Communication and Leadership Program manuals. Projects cover such topics as speech organization, voice, language, gestures, and persuasion.
- Developing listening skills and offering constructive evaluation and feedback. Every prepared speaker is assigned an evaluator who points out speech strengths and offers suggestions for improvement.
The Tools We Use
New members receive manuals and resources on speaking. Members also have access to books, audio, and video on speaking and leadership. They also receive the award-winning “Toastmaster,” a monthly magazine that offers the latest insights on speaking and leadership techniques.
Interested in Joining?
Feel free to join any of our clubs as our guest. Be sure to come a little earlier than the advertised start so that one of our members can take a little time to get you seated comfortably and answer any questions you might have.
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