Morgan Freeman is known the world over for having a soothing, convincing and engaging voice that could send a baby to sleep or rouse the dullest of crowds. While he is undoubtedly blessed with velvety vocal smoothness, for the rest of us, being a great speaker is something you can develop through practice.
EU Munich has an important extra-curricular partnership with the Effective Communicators – an English language Toastmaster Club in Munich. With currently over 20 nationalities, they are a very unique and international club who focus on their communication skills – skills which can prove extremely advantageous in the working world. This is a great opportunity for students to hone their skills outside the classroom with experts on the topic.
As Reda Kaiser, President of Effective Communicators Club states:
“We started to meet in EU around November 2015 and now we meet every second Sunday for two to three hours. We benefit from this, because we get new young members from EU, and students benefit from this because they have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills as well as public speaking skills.”
“In addition, we have members who are alumni of the school or young professionals from other schools, so students get first-hand experience about their job opportunities and experiences from them.”
How can it help me?
The world needs leaders. Leaders head families, coach teams, run businesses and mentor others. These leaders must not only accomplish, they must communicate. By regularly giving speeches, gaining feedback, leading teams and guiding others to achieve their goals in a supportive atmosphere, leaders emerge from the Toastmasters program. Every Toastmasters journey begins with a single speech. During their journey, they learn to tell their stories. They listen and answer. They plan and lead. They give feedback—and accept it. Through our community of learners, they find their path to leadership.
While knowing theory is extremely important in the working world, the ability to communicate your message in the correct way is another matter entirely. Indeed, Professor Albert Mehrabian suggests that:
- 7% of meaning is in the words that are spoken.
- 38% of meaning is paralinguistic (the way that the words are said).
- 55% of meaning is in facial expression.
The meetings take place in EU’s Munich campus and there are usually 20 to 25 members in attendance. This is a number small enough to gain confidence, but large enough to get a good mix of ideas.
It’s also inspiring to listen to Ice Breaker Speeches – true life stories from different parts of the world.
- Usually, 20 to 25 members attend the meetings, which begin with some five to seven-minute speeches, followed by “Table Topics” – impromptu speeches which anybody can lead.
- The second part of the meeting is the evaluation part, where the speakers get very valuable feedback about the content, grammar, filler words and timing.
Be our guest
Guests are very welcome to join! You can come as often as you like. You can even participate in our Table Topics! We are very happy to welcome you! For administration reasons, please send us a quick message if you want to join our meeting. After the meeting, we usually socialize and go for lunch together at Yulan (right opposite the EU Business School).
We are looking forward to meeting you!
In the U.S.A. it is even part of many master’s programs to be a member of Toastmaster’s Club
– Reda Kaiser, President of Effective Communicators Club
Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. We have more than 332,000 memberships. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 15,400 clubs in 135 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations.
Toastmasters International Mission
We empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.
We build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence.
We 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.
Toastmasters International Values
Toastmasters International Envisioned Future
To be the first-choice provider of dynamic, high-value, experiential communication and leadership skills development.
- Well, our goal is to be part of personal development leading to great careers, to leadership. We strive to have as many experienced speakers as possible. For that we also have titles like: Advanced Communicator Bronze, Silver and Gold, as well as advanced leadership titles. There are speech competitions held every 6 months and the goal of every club is to win in area, district competitions, in order to advance to the international level and participate in the World Toastmaster Conferences.