Who Are The Hardhats Toastmasters?
Hardhats Toastmasters was founded on May 1st, 1974, and is a member club of Toastmasters International, a worldwide, nonprofit organization which excels in helping individuals like you to become the best communicator and leader you can be. Hardhats is one of the longest standing Toastmasters clubs in San Diego and maintains a club charter of approximately 50 members and we’re always looking for new faces!
Toastmasters is the leading movement devoted to making effective oral communication and leadership a reality. Through over 8,000 member clubs worldwide, it helps men and women learn the arts of speaking, listening, thinking, and leadership – vital skills that promote self-actualization, enhance leadership potential, foster human understanding, and contribute to the betterment of humankind.
So why the heck are we called Hardhats?
The individuals who founded our club many years ago worked in the construction industry. However, membership has grown and changed significantly over the years. Very few of our current members are active in the construction or related fields. Instead, they cover a wide range of ages, professions, and backgrounds.
What to Expect
The Toastmasters program encourages you to learn by doing in a supportive environment. You will receive constructive feedback from members who will encourage you to become the best you can be. In turn, you will learn and grow as both a communicator and leader.
When you join your participation will include writing and delivering brief speeches to a relatively small group of fellow members. Each speech has specific objectives; however, the content is up to you. Working at your own pace and out of the Communication and Leadership Manual, you will immediately begin to learn how to be a confident and effective speaker. You will go on to understand how to organize your speech, use appropriate gestures, select effective words, employ vocal vitality, inspire and persuade your audience, think on your feet, and much more – all to ensure that you effectively communicate your ideas and feelings to others.
You will also have opportunities to develop your leadership skills. Hardhats Toastmasters offers a variety of leadership positions on its executive committee, ranging from president to treasurer to sergeant-at-arms, and many others. If you elect to fill any of these positions, you will receive special training to help you to become the best leader you can be.
Last but far from least, you will also make new friends. When you join Hardhats Toastmasters you will be joining not just a club – but a family. In addition to regular meetings, the club sponsors occasional social functions, which you may attend. Many individuals have made lasting friendships with fellow members thanks to the warmth and support members offer each other as they learn and grow together.