Being part of this family gives you the opportunity to network with people in your own field or different ones, to learn from and with others and to develop your own communication and leadership skills. Even though we are called the University of Toronto Engineering Toastmasters, you don’t need to be an engineering student. All University of Toronto students are welcome!
Each week, six meeting roles are available to any member who wants to give them a try: Toastmaster, General Evaluator, Grammarian, ‘Ah’ Counter, Timer and Table Topics® Master. What makes UTET special is the supportive environment we foster. Everyone is here to learn, improve and encourage one another to reach their communication and leadership goals!
- Mute your electronic devices before the meeting.
- Leave and enter the room at applause only.
- Never leave the stage unattended. When you are finished speaking:
- Return to your seat.
- Shake her hand.
- Wait for the next speaker to come on stage.
- Return to your seat.
- Keep your attention on the speaker.
- Make club activities inclusive and accepting, regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender preference, nationality, religion, age, or mental or physical ability.
- Help clean up the room after the meeting.
- Do not deliver personal or commercial promotions of any sort.
- These rules never replace the basics. Your Competent Communicator manual has invaluable and accessible information for proper Toastmasters conduct.
What do you remember about your first Toastmasters experience?
I basically became a member in January 2012, but attended the Toastmasters Open House in September 2011. I saw a lot of members of the Executive Committee present speeches at the Open House - I was thrilled! It was a completely new experience for me because I’d never seen anything like it. It really changed my mindset about what public speaking can be because until then I had a real fear of getting up on stage and presenting a speech. It really helped me in the long run. I was inspired to join the club!
-Naveen, Chemical Engineering Student
What is your favourite part about a Toastmasters meeting?
I have a bit of background in public speaking, so what I really like is the prepared speeches portion of the meeting. It allows me to improve my observational skills and listening skills as I watch others speak. And after every speech there is a speech evaluation section. After joining Toastmasters, I learned that speech evaluations can actually be interesting! That’s the practical side of Toastmasters. But the most entertaining part has to be TableTopics®. I wasn’t confident enough to participate at first, but in getting used to the environment and the people in the club, I have become more confident in my impromptu speaking skills.
-Leevend, Chemical Engineering Student
How has Toastmasters played a role in your professional development?
Being involved in Toastmasters has helped me build confidence and competence when communicating in my professional social life. If you have trouble speaking outside your comfort zone (i.e. speaking with strangers or an audience), the communication and leadership programs can really give you a boost with overcoming your fears. For me, that boost of confidence was only one part of how the educational programs helped me develop professionally. During one of my PEY job interviews, I found out that my interviewer was in fact, a fellow Toastmaster! It was my involvement with Toastmasters that got me into the spirit of networking with my interviewer (later my colleague), and these connections never end with the interview. This is truly a club where you can pick up skills that you will utilize for a lifetime.
-Wayne, Mechanical Engineering Student