Toastmasters is an organization that allows people to hone their communication skills. In Toastmasters meetings, people get opportunities to practice public speaking in an encouraging and helpful environment, as well as learn various strategies that help in being a more effective speaker.
For instance when it’s time to begin a speech, a person should take steps to get off to a strong start. This might include leading with an interesting fact or anecdote that captures the attention of the audience. Then, to keep the audience listening while going through the speech’s main points, the speaker should not rely too heavily on notes. Instead, he or she should speak in a relaxed manner, as one would while having a conversation. Similarly, passion for the topic should show through, a factor that will help maximize the effectiveness of the speech. Of course, giving great speeches takes practice. A person should avoid being too self-critical while continuing to improve.