What is StageTime?
Toastmasters are enthusiastic about developing their personal communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth. Clubs offer a great environment to help members achieve their goals.
Yet, many members fear speaking outside of their safe home club environment. Why is that?
The answer is simple: Toastmasters don’t get enough Stage Time!
The Stage Time program delivers fantastic opportunities for intermediate Toastmasters who wish to grow self-confidence beyond their home stage.
Toastmasters will benefit, because the District offers a variety of over 200 Clubs with tons of speaking and evaluation opportunities. The participating member will receive credit towards their educational goals. Participating clubs will benefit, because it adds variety to their regular meetings and offers insight into other club’s culture. By sharing our knowledge with other clubs, we will collaboratively grow stronger.
It’s a win-win-win program for Members, Guest Clubs and Host Clubs.
How does it work?
The Stage Time Program coordinates speaking and evaluation opportunities for Toastmasters clubs to send and receive outside “guest” speakers and evaluators and provides many benefits to both the presenter and audience.
Why should a member visit another club?
Toastmasters who can’t get enough “stage time” in their own club can get it by visiting clubs who are craving more speakers to listen to and enjoy.
They will meet new friends and extend their network. Members will get the chance to observe other clubs and a variety of speaking styles and meeting formats. They will receive a ‘fresh’ evaluation from another perspective. They will get the chance to speak in front of an unknown audience and grow their self-confidence.
Why should a Club participate and invite Stage Time Guests?
Clubs that host speakers from outside their club create interest among their members. Attendance and participation increases after they watch a dynamic speech.
Visiting non Toastmasters guests seeing full, exciting programs are much more likely to join than when speakers are sparse at meetings.
Visiting Stage Time guests will provide valuable feedback from a new knowledge base.
Stage Time clubs can streamline their agenda with visiting guests.
Why should a Club send members to speak at other Clubs in the Stage Time program?
Stage Time participants will have the ability to study other clubs’ meetings and bring back experience and suggestions to the home club.
Clubs will also extend their network and add contacts for example to recruit Judges and Test Speakers for speech contests.
Toastmasters that can’t get enough “stage time” in their own club can get it by visiting clubs who are craving more speakers to listen to and enjoy. The Speaker Exchange Program coordinates speaking opportunities for Toastmasters clubs to receive outside “guest” speakers and provides many benefits to both the presenter and audience.
Does this program compete with Speakers Bureau?
No! Stage Time and Speakers Bureau complement each other. Consider Stage Time as a stepping stone towards becoming a member of the professional Speakers Bureau team.