UA Student Clubs: Toastmaster, why should you join?

University of Aruba Toastmasters Club
District 81, Division A, Area 6

“The University of Aruba Toastmasters Club provides a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to develop their communication and leadership skills,” says Dorshon Salmon, UATC Club President.

My experience as a UA student in the UATC

My name is Edmond Maduro. I’m currently a first year student at the Faculty of Law at the University of Aruba.
One of the reasons why I joined Toastmasters is because I heard a new Toastmasters club was being started at the University of Aruba which would be in English and Dutch. Due to the fact that I am currently a law student, I have to improve my Dutch as well as my presentation and communication skills. Just as they say in Dutch “oefening baart kunst”, I feel that I have indeed gained a lot of experience when preparing for a speech. This is actually the goal of Toastmasters, since you first begin with the competent leadership and competent communicator tracks until you are a distinguished Toastmaster. In my case, I’m doing both the competent communicator as well as competent leadership in order to improve my presentations and leadership skills.
I would strongly recommend others to join the Toastmasters club since it gives you the opportunity to network and improve your personal skills. It doesn’t really matter whether your study is in English or Dutch since it enables you to practice in front of an audience and improve your presentation skills.

Why should you Join?

The Toastmasters Club helps you to build your confidence to network, do job interviews, give presentations as well as prepare you to defend your thesis and overcome public speaking fears!

Quick facts:

Where and at what time are UATC meetings held?
Clubs meetings are held every first and third of the month at the university of Aruba (6:30 PM – 8:00 PM).

Is there a fee to attend a club meeting?
There are no fees to attend a meeting as a guest.

Do I need to bring anything to a club meeting?
No. You are not required to bring anything to a meeting.

Is there a leader or instructor?
There is no instructor in a Toastmasters meeting. The club has elected club officers present and a Toastmaster who facilitates the meeting.

Can anyone become a member?
Yes. It’s open to the whole community of Aruba.

Once you join Toastmasters you can follow two tracks on your own pace, namely: Communication and Leadership Track.

Communication Track

Members interested in building their public speaking and communication skills begin with Competent Communication.

Competent Communication
The 10 speech projects in the Competent Communication manual help you develop your speaking skills one step at a time. When you finish all of the projects, you are eligible for the Competent Communicator award.

Advanced Communication Track
After receiving the Competent Communicator award, you can begin to develop more advanced speaking and communication skills through the Advanced Communication Series manuals. There are 15 in all, each containing five speech projects. Many of the manuals are career-oriented. You choose the manuals you want to complete and the skills you want to learn.

Leadership Track

Members interested in building their leadership skills begin with Competent Leadership.

Competent Leadership
This is the core of the Leadership track. The Competent Leadership manual features 10 projects that you complete while serving in various club meeting roles. An evaluator will give you feedback on each project, helping you to improve. When you complete the manual, you are eligible for the Competent Leader award.

Advanced Leader Program
After earning the Competent Leadership award, you can further refine and develop more complex leadership skills by completing projects in manuals that are part of the Advanced Leader Program.
For more information, follow us on Facebook: University of Aruba Toastmasters Club (UATC) or contact TM Stephanie Croes at 7430302.

Interview conducted and article written by:
Diane Zievinger – VP PR Member of the University of Aruba Toastmasters Club