A club where membership is a smiling face
OECD Toastmasters Club is part of Toastmasters International, a non-profit educational organisation that teaches public speaking and builds leadership. Founded in 1924, the organisation’s global membership exceeds 357 000 members across more than 16 600 clubs in 143 countries. Read more about the history of Toastmasters International.
The OECD Toastmasters Club is a corporate club established in June 2010. Only OECD staff (including interns) and relatives of Staff are eligible to join.
Here are 3 good reasons for OECD staff to join
the OECD Toastmasters club:
1 You will meet new people, new colleagues.
With Toastmasters, you get to know your colleagues differently.
2 We share personal experiences and have fun together.
Our meetings are like a show. You will hear many different fun and emotional personal stories, such as how someone ended up at the OECD or why a certain book is their favourite. While enjoying the show, you are guaranteed to also learn.
3 You will learn new skills, and two skills in particular:
Public speaking. Most of us are a bit nervous – if not very nervous - to speak in front of an audience. After participating in a few meetings, you will already see improvement through practice and the feedback you receive from fellow toastmasters.
Leadership. Once you have attended several meetings and have delivered a few speeches, you can assume the role of 'Speech Evaluator' to offer constructive comments, motivate and encourage a colleague to do better on their next speech. As 'Toastmaster of the Evening', you have the opportunity to organise and moderate an OECD meeting with 20-30 people! Once you have more experience, you can also partake in mentoring, such as training newcomers through motivation and knowledge sharing. Finally, you can also help run the Club by being a CLUB OFFICER.
Have you heard this OECD slogan?
“Skills are the new global currency
of the 21st century”
If you don’t invest in developing new skills,
you won't be keeping up with the times.
Toastmasters can help us all move forward in our professional lives, particularly at the OECD.
And also importantly, with a smiling face : ) !