The Europeans, the only fully bilingual (French/English) Toastmasters Club in Paris, is the club for you!
The Europeans » is a bilingual Toastmasters’ Club (English/French) with the objective of providing everyone with the opportunity to practice speaking in front of a group of people either in French or in English, at the choice of the speaker (no « franglish » allowed!).
You do not need to be a native speaker but you should be fluent in both languages (English and French).
Speaking effectively in public cannot be learned in a day. It takes practice. At Toastmasters, members learn by speaking to a group and working with others in a supportive environment.
At Toastmasters the Europeans, you will learn to relax, plan, and present a terrific speech, whether you have 10 days to prepare, or just 10 seconds. You will learn and practice in a friendly, supportive and positive learning environment, with people who are there for the same reason as you: to become better communicators.
You will also learn to become a leader. At Toastmasters, you can develop leadership skills by participating in the regular activities of the club: you will learn how to listen, think critically, plan, organise, manage time, facilitate, motivate, mentor and build a team.
“Toastmasters The Europeans », a non-profit organisation, was created in 1996. The Club is a member of Toastmasters International which comprises almost 17,000 clubs throughout the world.
The Europeans est un club bilingue (Français/Anglais) où tout le monde a l’opportunité de pratiquer la prise de parole en public en Français ou en Anglais, au choix de l’orateur (le « franglish » n’est pas accepté!).
Vous n’avez pas besoin d’avoir le Français et l’Anglais comme langues maternelles mais vous devez les parler couramment.
On n’apprend pas à bien parler en public en un jour. Cela prend du temps. Chez Toastmasters, les membres apprennent à parler en public à travers la mise en pratique et le retour des autres membres, le tout dans un environment bienveillant.
Chez The Europeans, vous apprendrez à vous relaxer, préparer et présenter des discours exceptionnels, que vous ayez 10 jours ou bien 10 seconds de préparation. Vous apprendrez et pratiquerez dans un environment positif, chaleureux et bienveillant avec des personnes qui sont là pour les mêmes raisons que vous: devenir de meilleurs orateurs.
Vous allez également apprendre à devenir un leader. Chez Toastmasters vous pouvez développer vos talents de leadership en participant aux activités du club: cela vous permettra d’améliorer votre capacité d’écoute, votre capacité d’analyse critique, mais aussi comment planifier, organiser, animer, motiver, guider et construire une équipe.
« Toastmasters The Europeans » est une association loi 1901, créée en 1996. Le club est membre du réseau Toastmasters International, qui regroupe plus de 17 000 clubs au niveau mondial.
The Toastmasters Method
In The Europeans, there are no « teachers » as such, although members may choose to have a « mentor » to advise and support them. Club members improve by putting into practice the techniques set out in the Toastmasters’ methods, as well as from positive evaluations of their speeches.
In a Toastmasters meeting, each member is an active participant and there are many opportunities to speak and acquire confidence: you can give your own prepared speech, you can participate in improvisational sessions, or benefit from the many evaluations given. All speeches are evaluated by another member, which guarantees progress and improvement.
1/ Prepared Speeches
Toastmasters launched the Pathway learning experience, a new online education program tailored to each member, that relies on learning Paths, projects and different levels of skill-building.
Paths: Learning paths form the foundation of the Pathways structure. Members work in the path best suited to helping them achieve personal and professional goals.
Eleven specialised paths are available. These include Dynamic Leadership, Innovative Planning, or Motivational Strategies. The paths give the opportunity to build competencies and learn communication and leadership skills that you need to succeed.
Projects: In every path, these is a minimum of 14 projects to achieve. Each one of the projects includes at least one prepared speech (5 to 7 min speech on the topic of your choice). Projects feature various topics, from understanding your own communication style to learning leadership tips and discovering how best to connect with others.
In order to complete a path, it is necessary to finish 10 required projects and 4 electives.
Levels: Each path has 5 levels in which you complete projects and build on what you learned in the previous level.
Level 1: Mastering Fundamentals
Level 2: Learning your Style
Level 3: Increasing knowledge
Level 4: Building Skills
Level 5: Demonstrating Expertise
At each level, members complete 2 to 3 projects. At the end of Level 5, a path is completed, and a « Proficient » designation is earned. This highlights the expertise in the particular chosen area.
2/ Improvisation / Table Topics
We are often asked to speak without being prepared: in meetings, seminars, job interviews, exams or simple conversations.
This requires we get our thoughts together in just a matter of seconds in order to speak in a logical and coherent manner. During each of our meetings, there is an improvisational session. Any member can be called up to speak on a given subject for one to two minutes, on the spot. This helps you learn to think on your feet, and not succumb to panic but to structure your ideas while you speak. This exercise, called « Table Topics », gives us the tools to face up to all questions, and feel more prepared.
As constructive evaluations are important, each prepared speech is evaluated by one member of the club. Evaluations are always done in a positive manner: the evaluator identifies the strong points of the speech and gives suggestions as to what could make the speech better.