Meet the Bemidji Area Toastmasters
Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Bemidji has one of those clubs!
Our approach as Toastmasters is to learn by doing. We practice preparing speeches, speaking off the cuff, and leading the meeting in a supportive environment that doesn't expect perfection. Each person is at a different level of experience. In fact, many new members are very uncomfortable with the thought of speaking in front of a group—that's okay! We can help.
Whether you're an executive or a stay-at-home parent, a college student or a retiree, you will improve yourself; building skills to express yourself in a variety of situations.
You'll open up a world of new possibilities:
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The environment in a Toastmasters club is friendly and supportive. Everyone at a Toastmasters meeting feels welcome and valued—from complete beginners to advanced speakers. In a club meeting, you practice giving prepared speeches as well as brief impromptu presentations, known as Table Topics.
There is no rush and no pressure: The Toastmasters program allows you to progress at your own pace.
Constructive evaluation is central to the Toastmasters philosophy. Each time you give a prepared speech, an evaluator will point out strengths as well as suggest improvements. Receiving—and giving—such feedback is a great learning experience. In Toastmasters, encouragement and improvement go hand-in-hand.
ABOUT THE CLUB
The Bemidji Area Toastmasters is Club #1640 and part of District 78. The club was charted January 1, 1981.
MEET OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
Dan Strehlo, CC
Vice President of Education
MEET OUR MEMBERS