Welcome to The Europeans Toastmasters club ~ Bonjour à vous et bienvenue à les européens

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Who we are at The Europeans toastmasters? ~ Qui sommes-nous à les européens?

The Europeans toastmasters club is a bilingual French and English Toastmasters club. Therefore,  it’s objective is to practice public speaking in front of a group of people either in French or in English. Additionally, we do not use “franglish” and mix the two languages in a single spoken sentence.

Le club Toastmasters Européens est un club Toastmasters bilingue français et anglais. Son objectif est donc de pratiquer la prise de parole en public devant un groupe de personnes soit en français soit en anglais. De plus, nous n'utilisons pas le "franglish" et ne mélangeons pas les deux langues dans une même phrase parlée.

Toastmasters “The Europeans” is a non-profit educational organisation that was created in 1996. Further, the Club is a member of Toastmasters International -Home, which is an international organisation comprising almost 17,000 clubs in 145 countries.

Toastmasters Européens est une organisation éducative à but non lucratif qui a été créée en 1996. En outre, le club est membre de Toastmasters International, qui est une organisation internationale comprenant près de 17 000 clubs dans 145 pays.

A single speaker can speak both French and English in our meetings. But languages are not mixed in a single spoken sentence.

Un seul orateur peut parler à la fois le français et l'anglais dans nos réunions. Mais les langues ne sont pas mélangées dans une même phrase parlée.
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How it works? ~ Comment fonctionne-t-il?

Effective speaking ~ parler efficacement

Speaking effectively in public cannot be learned in a day. It takes practice. At Toastmasters, members improve by speaking to a group, receiving feedback and learning from others. You will learn to relax, plan, and present a terrific speech, whether you have 10 days to prepare or just 10 seconds. One can learn and practice in a friendly, supportive and positive learning environment. Our goal is the same  – To become better communicators.

Parler efficacement en public ne s'apprend pas en un jour. Il faut de la pratique. Chez Toastmasters, les membres s'améliorent en parlant à un groupe, en recevant des commentaires et en apprenant des autres. Vous apprendrez à vous détendre, à planifier et à présenter un discours formidable, que vous ayez 10 jours pour vous préparer ou seulement 10 secondes. On peut apprendre et s'exercer dans un environnement d'apprentissage amical, favorable et positif. Notre objectif est le même : devenir de meilleurs communicateurs.

Effective leadership ~ leadership effectif

You will also learn to become a leader. At Toastmasters, you can develop and practice leadership skills by participating in the regular activities of the club. You will learn how to listen, think critically, plan, organise meetings and events, manage time, facilitate, motivate, mentor and build a team.

Vous apprendrez également à devenir un leader. Chez Toastmasters, vous pouvez développer et mettre en pratique des compétences en leadership en participant aux activités régulières du club. Vous apprendrez à écouter, à faire preuve d'esprit critique, à planifier, à organiser des réunions et des événements, à gérer votre temps, à faciliter, à motiver, à encadrer et à former une équipe.

The Toastmasters Method

There are no ” Teachers ” as such in a Toastmasters club. Club members improve by putting into practice the techniques set out in the Toastmasters’ methods. Members also improve from positive evaluations of his or her speeches.

During a Toastmasters meeting, each member is an active participant and there are many opportunities to speak and acquire confidence.

You can:

  • Participate in improvisational sessions or impromptu speeches that we call table topics.
  • Give your own prepared speech.
  • Benefit from the many evaluations given.

Members evaluate each other’s speeches which guarantee progress and improvement. The uniqueness of our meetings is that evaluators are also evaluated.

1) Improvisation or impromptu speeches (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 or impromptu speeches. 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.

2) Prepared Speeches    

Toastmasters offers the Pathway learning experience, an 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.

Toastmasters Pathways learning experience is an exciting, flexible and interactive way to develop your skills and help others in your club develop theirs. Pathways program helps you learn the communication and leadership skills that you need to succeed. It gives you:

  • The opportunity to build  up to 300 unique competencies
  • 11 specialized learning paths to choose from
  • Online content, so that you can learn anytime, anywhere
  • Real-world, transferable skills
  • Content available in Arabic, English, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, and Traditional Chinese, with select paths available in Korean and Tamil

Eleven specialised paths are available. These include

Dynamic Leadership Effective Coaching Engaging Humor
     
Innovative Planning Leadership Development Motivational Strategies
     
Persuasive Influence Presentation Mastery Strategic Relationships
     
Team Collaboration Visionary Communications  

The paths give the opportunity to build competencies and learn communication and leadership skills that you need to succeed.

Click here to compare the differences between the different paths in a single-page matrix.

Projects

In every path, there 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. 

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.

1: Mastering Fundamentals
2:  Learning your Style
3: Increasing knowledge
4: Building Skills
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.

3)  Evaluations 

As constructive evaluations are important, members evaluate each other in 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.