Nuremberg Toastmaster’s mission, along with all Clubs across the globe, is to “provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.” We provide you with a wide range of opportunities to build skills, increase self-confidence and achieve growth.
You take this journey at your own pace: define your goals, make plans, take action. This page provides you with information and resources for the general stages along your journey. Use it as a guide to mapping out your own route.
Your First 100 Days
Your first 100 days as a Toastmaster is full of new experiences and, most likely, lots of questions. It’s also a totally arbitrary timeframe – everything at Toastmasters is self-paced, so you may decide to take things at a slower pace. Or speed your journey up. Totally up to you!
The five steps below represent what we believe are the essentials for getting off to a good start: read through the basics in The Navigator, have an onboarding chat with an experienced member, get acquainted with the Easy Speak planning tool, take meeting roles, and deliver your Ice Breaker.
We want to help you get the most out of the Toastmasters program and our amazing club, so please feel free to reach out to any member if you have any doubts or questions. We’re here for you.
The Navigator handbook provides an excellent overview of all things Toastmasters. Most relevant for your first 100 days are the topics of meetings, roles, and speeches. It also provides an overview of the Pathways Educational program, club officers, evaluations, and more.
Take a look through pages 3-8 in the pdf version for the basics. Additional details can be found in the online version.
Onboarding SessionShortly after you join the club an experienced member will sit down with you, either online or in person, to give you an overview of how things work in the club and to answer any initial questions you may have. S/he will also be available to support you throughout your first 100 days. You’ll receive more benefit from the onboarding session if you have already reviewed The Navigator.
Easy SpeakAlthough not an official Toastmasters platform, Easy Speak is used by 1000s of clubs worldwide as a valuable meeting planning and progress tracking tool. It’s extremely helpful for both you and club leadership when you use Easy Speak regularly to take meeting roles and request speeches. You will receive an email with your login credentials shortly after you become a member. Once logged in, you can update your name, userid and profile information.
- Access Easy Speak
Club meetings are at the heart of Toastmasters. By actively participating, you develop your speaking, listening, leadership and feedback skills – the reasons you joined Toastmasters in the first place!
Roles such as Ah Counter, Timer, and Grammarian are great roles to start with. They are narrower in scope, allow you to contribute to the meeting, and give you the chance to speak for a minute or two.
Use Easy Speak to sign up for the roles one or two meetings in advance to ensure you get the role you want.
Information on each role can be found in several places. You may want to read through the responsibilites of the role before the meeting. Take a look at:
The Ice Breaker is exactly what you think it is – your first speech where you break the ice as a speaker by introducing yourself to the club. It’s a 4-6 minute speech about a topic you are an expert on – you!
Use the skills you already have and aim to deliver your Ice Breaker shortly after joining.
Additional Ice Breaker resources:
Further Down the Road
Once you’ve become comfortable with the basics, you’ll be ready for some new challenges: selecting a Path, delivering more speeches, taking on more advanced meeting roles. This section of the webpage will be expanded in the near future to provide you with guidance in these areas.
Notes for inclusion in above section:
- Explore Pathways
- Choose Path
- Deliver speeches (Evaluation Form) / Other meeting roles
Your Toastmasters journey is full of milestones and opportunities. Watch for updates in this section to guide you through competing a level in Pathways, completing a Path and becoming more involved in the Club.
Notes for inclusion in above section:
- Complete a Level
- Complete a Path
- Become an Officer
- Get involved outside of club