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Toastmaster簡介

國際演講協會是什麼?

Toastmasters Club 是一個非營利性的國際組織,由創始人Dr. Ralph Smedley 於西元1924年首創,總會設於美國加州,全球有大約9300個分會,近20,000萬人,分佈於80個國家。 

本會之宗旨在於:
提供每一會員一個積極、正面、且相互支援的終生學習環境,藉由發表演講,參與各項活動,擔任幹部及主持會議的機會,以學習「人際溝通之藝術與領導統馭之知能」並進而建立個人之自信心,及肯定自我的成長。

國際英語演講會採用設計完善之訓練制度(Communication Track)。依會員之需要協助其進步成長。會員在通過初級所要求的十篇演講後便可向世界總會申請成為 Competent Toastmaster(CTM),並接受第二級的訓練通過後可申請Advance Toastmaster(ATM-B;ATM-S;ATM-G)乃至Distinguished Toastmaster(DTM)之最高境界。另一方面,國際英語演講會也設計一套領導訓練系統(Leadership Track),訓練會員成為優秀之領導人: Competent Leader(CL);Advanced Leader(AL)及Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)之最高頭銜。本套訓練制度所收到之效果深受會員本身及各界所肯定。

國際演講協會在台灣

國際英語演講會其組織設世界總會(WHQ),其下設Region及District。台灣目前係屬於District 67。全國約有180個會(Club),分屬於國內14個Division的51個area之中。
台灣的第一個國際演講分會成立於1958年,在這50年來,已有180個分會,這個數字仍持續成長中,目前約有3000名會員。這些分會中,大部分是英語分會,其中還有日語、國語、閩南語、客語、西班牙語和雙語分會。分會可分為社區型、公司/政府機關型與大學型。國益演講協會的會員來自各行各業,參加目的就是在一個積極正面的環境下學習領導與溝通技巧,已獲得傲人的成長並增加自信。



English Introduction

October 1924, a group of men assembled by Dr. Ralph C. Smedley met in the basement of the YMCA in Santa Ana, California, U.S.A., forming a club “to afford practice and training in the art of public speaking and in presiding over meetings, and to promote sociability and good fellowship among its members.” The group took the name “Toastmasters.”  We are a local chapter of Toastmasters International.

Today, Toastmasters International is a non-profit organization which gives its members the opportunity to develop and improve their public speaking abilities through local club meetings, training seminars and speech contests. Toastmasters International includes more than 199,000 men and women in more than 9,300 clubs in more than 70 countries.

Experienced professionals and beginning speakers alike can benefit from our practical, face-to-face learning program. Whether you're speaking to the board of directors, your customers, your co-workers or your kids, Toastmasters can help you do it better. You'll learn and practice in a friendly, comfortable environment with people who are there for the same reason you are—to become better communicators.

At Toastmasters, members learn by speaking to groups and working with others in a supportive environment. A typical Toastmasters club is made up of 20 to 30 people who meet once a week for about an hour. Each meeting gives everyone an opportunity to practice conducting meetings, giving impromptu speeches, presenting prepared speeches, and offering constructive evaluation.



更多相關介紹請參考:

中華民國國際演講協會 http://www.toastmasters.org.tw/
Toastmaster International http://www.toastmasters.org/