For the last ten years Budapest Toastmasters has been providing a safe, friendly and supportive environment for people to learn, practise and hone their public-speaking skills. A multinational club, the working language is English and there are plans afoot to launch a Hungarian-speaking club too.
Age, profession and gender are all left at the door. In a friendly, non-threatening environment, speakers follow a ten-speech programme that starts off with a four-to-six-minute icebreaker where they introduce themselves to the members. As the projects progress, speakers learn to structure their content, use body language to good effect and put visual aides to good use. They learn to speak to inspire, to persuade and to motivate.
Everyone present has the opportunity to give feedback on what they saw, what they heard and how it made them feel. Appointed evaluators give specific, tailored feedback that helps speakers develop their skills. Everyone benefits.
And yet it’s not all about speaking. The leadership track has specific projects that prepare members to take on leadership roles in the club and in their workplace. Responsibility, accountability and creativity are all part of the package.
Budapest Toastmasters is part of Toastmasters International, which boasts 280,000 members in 13,500 clubs in 116 countries.
Members are free to visit any club in the organisation, so if you’re stuck for something to do in Kuala Lumpur on a Wednesday night, why not drop in at one of the local clubs and say hi.
Emphasis is on both prepared and impromptu speaking. For many members of Budapest Toastmasters, English is a second (or third, fourth or even fifth language). International competitions are held in English, German and French.
Weekly meetings in Districts II and V
Budapest Toastmasters meets every Monday evening at 6.30 in District II’s CEU Business School at Frankel Leó út 34 and on alternate Tuesday mornings at 8am at the California Coffee Company in Szent István tér (square) near the Basilica.
In addition to this open club, the city has three corporate clubs at BP, Exxon-Mobil and Morgan Stanley. In November, Area D (Budapest) will host the Division Conference when over 300 Toastmasters from around Europe are expected to attend.
But for now, we’re celebrating our 10th anniversary. Join us this Monday 28 January at 6.30pm in CEU Business School to see, first-hand, what a difference Toastmasters can make to your life. For more details see www.budapesttoastmasters.org
Meeting this Monday
28 January CEU Business School, Frankel Léo út 30-34, Budapest 1023 at 6.30pm Budapest Toastmasters celebrates its 10th anniversary. Join members, past and present, to see how BPTM can help improve your public-speaking skills. All welcome. www.budapesttoastmasters.org