Tawa Toastmasters

Tawa Toastmasters

Welcome to Tawa Toastmasters

Trophy winners for 2023: Wayne Prattley, Dick Kurtz, Amy Moreland and Tony Cross

Tawa Toastmasters is a friendly group looking to improve our public speaking. Have you considered joining Toastmasters? We can give you the skills to be confident at public speaking. Look impressive when speaking at work, weddings and funerals. Toastmasters is where leaders are made and it’s the best communicators who become leaders.

Tawa has an excellent mentor program to look after new members. Paired with an experienced member to help with your first speech.

Do you seek confidence in public speaking?  Looking for friendship? Do you want fun? Consider joining Toastmasters. It’s the best investment that can be made in yourself

Benefits of Toastmasters

Speak with confidence

Work
We can give you the skills to be good at public speaking. Speak with confidence at work. Achieve the promotion and become a leader. If you are seeking a new job then the nervousness at a job interview is the same feeling you get before doing a speech. Something familiar can be controlled. Many members practice their work speeches at Toastmasters. Have experts evaluate your speech and make it better.

Home
Speak with confidence at weddings and funerals. Look impressive in front of the people who matter the most in life; your family. Contribute at clubs and church. Be a respected member of the community.

Learn valuable skills

1. Learn body language
Learn what to do with your hands. Practice facial gestures and good eye contact.

2. Learn how to write a speech
Write an opening that draws in the audience. Write the body of a speech with a word to represent a paragraph. End the speech so the audience remembers.

3. Excel at impromptu speaking
At a Toastmaster meeting we are called to the front to speak for 2 minutes with no prior preparation.  Great practice for life.

Make Friends

Networking
Tawa Toastmasters attracts people who are striving to better themselves. People who want to succeed in life. These are the people you want to network with.

Toastmasters activities
We have inspiring speeches. We have meals at restaurants.   Funny hats meetings. Good times together is where friendships are made.

Friends
Most people join Toastmasters to be better at public speaking. They stay with Toastmasters for the friendships. If you seek friends you’ll find them at at Tawa Toastmasters.

Understanding comes through communication, and through understanding we find the way to peace
Dr Ralph C. Smedley – Founder of Toastmasters

My Story

Amy Moreland
I joined Tawa Toastmasters recently. My reasons for joining were predominantly to gain confidence in public speaking and networking with others. I was also wanting to get more involved in my local community and joining toastmasters has given me the opportunity to meet others that live locally. Everyone has been incredibly welcoming to the club and helpful in teaching me how the club operates and the different roles.

My icebreaker speech, the first speech that you do in toastmasters, was very nerve wracking but the whole club was very supportive. Maya, my mentor helped me to develop my speech, working through it with me and giving me pointers. Being evaluated by a very experienced toastmaster was invaluable and I have identified areas to work on. Since then I have done 3 more speeches, including participating in the clubs humorous speech competition. Each time I do a speech I gain a bit more confidence and am less nervous.

It has been a great experience joining toastmasters, and I recommend others come along and see what we do. It has helped to build my confidence in public speaking, as well as improving networking skills and meeting a great group of people.

Mark Christian
I am a programmer. I spent all day in front of the computer. I wanted to make something of myself. Be a team leader. Step back from the computer. The team leaders I saw were not necessarily the best at programming. They all had good communication skills though. So I went to a Toastmaster meeting.

The first time I went to the front to do a Table Topic I was terrified. My knees were shaking. I was sweating on the forehead. I wanted to pee. After the meeting I vowed never to return. Alan called me. Encouraged me to return. So I did. I endured doing my first speech. This is the ice breaker speech. Then a strange thing happened. I started to enjoy public speaking.

In my teens I used to play a lot of basketball. I recall being “in the zone”. Time slowed down. Everything went black and white. I loved being in the zone. I got older. Settled down. Gave up sports. I thought being in the zone would never happen again. Imagine my surprise and delight when doing a good speech I had an “in the zone” feeling.

It took 10 speeches for my nerves to disappear. I now enjoy public speaking.

Dinesh Wickramasinghe
An immigrant to New Zealand, I joined Toastmasters to improve my English. I found the English spoken in New Zealand is different from the English spoken in Sri Lanka. It is important that I have a good understanding of how Kiwis speak.

I found confidence in public speaking to be helpful in getting a job. The nervous feeling that you get at a job interview is familiar from doing speeches at Toastmasters. Something familiar can be controlled.

I also value the friends that I have made at Toastmasters. We have meals. We listen to great speeches. Making friends outside of the Sri Lankan community is important.

I became the President of Tawa Toastmaster. This was a wonderful experience. Toastmaster is where the leaders are made. So true. My confidence in public speaking has helped me so much in life.

I have a good job. I am building a new house. Toastmasters has helped me to succeed in New Zealand.  I truly recommend Toastmasters to you. It will be the best decision you make.

Dinesh W.
An immigrant to New Zealand, I joined Toastmasters to improve my English. I found the English spoken in New Zealand is different from the English spoken in Sri Lanka. It is important that I have a good understanding of how Kiwis speak.

I found confidence in public speaking to be helpful in getting a job. The nervous feeling that you get at a job interview is familiar from doing speeches at Toastmasters. Something familiar can be controlled.

I also value the friends that I have made at Toastmasters. We have meals. We listen to great speeches. Making friends outside of the Sri Lankan community is important.

I became the President of Tawa Toastmasters. This was a wonderful experience. Toastmasters is where the leaders are made. So true. My confidence in public speaking has helped me so much in life.

I have a good job. I am building a new house. Toastmasters has helped me to succeed in New Zealand.  I truly recommend Toastmasters to you. It will be the best decision you make.