Developing Public Speaking and Leadership Skills
Walk the Talk club is a Toastmasters club in Zurich, unique by being the only advanced club in Switzerland so far. The focus is on helping advanced speakers to grow further.
Our mission is to offer that next level of challenge to experienced Toastmasters and to support the community of clubs around us with special meetings and workshops.
Speeches: We typically have 1-3 prepared speeches per meeting. Most of these are from the various Advanced manuals our members are working on, be that Storytelling, Interpretive Reading, Technical Presentations or Speeches by Management. There are 15 Advanced manuals in total, so it usually makes for an interesting mix! We have the flexibility to allow the longer presentations and different formats, or different languages, some of these projects entail.
Evaluations: There’s a little more meat in our sandwich approach! Speakers get not only the standard 2-3 minute oral evaluation and written evaluations from the audience members, but also a round-robin evaluation, in which most or all attendees offer their analysis, perspectives, and suggestions for improvement. This approach gives all members the impetus to up our game, both as speakers and as evaluators.
Table Topics: We like to mix it up with the Table Topics as well, whether that’s with pairs of speakers, restrictions on wording, or evaluation of the Table Topics speeches. An advanced Toastmaster must be ready for anything!
Educational Sessions & Workshops: When the month has a fifth Wednesday, we put it to use with a special meeting dedicated to one specific educational session or workshop. Previous workshops have included an Evaluation Extravaganza and Learning From the Best, a look at what makes the World Championship of Public Speaking speakers so good.