Ralph C. Smedley

Ralph C.
Smedley
1878
1965

American Founder of Toastmasters International

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While most of us may have entered Toastmasters to learn to make speeches, that benefit is but the beginning of the good which may come to us, and the good which we may do for mankind.

You can profit by the wisdom of others, and you can give them full credit.

Your Toastmasters club is your laboratory in which to try experiments in better communication. You can try anything once [in front of] this frank but sympathetic audience, and you can learn by listening to their comments.

To the other values of Toastmasters training let us add this one, with emphasis - that it is the busy man's best chance to take a post graduate course in general information without inconvenience or loss of time.

Toastmasters is a ?do-it-yourself? activity?Don?t be afraid to use your imagination and initiative?Listen to others and evaluate their thinking ? then form your own conclusions and speak for yourself.

Toastmasters is based on belief in the individual?Many organizations ask the individual to subordinate himself to the group. Ours is the only organization I know that is dedicated to the individual.

We need fewer rules on detail and better understanding of general purposes.

We realize that the two most important factors in Toastmasters is Mentoring and Evaluations, there is no doubt that if these two are done well and there is a good Mentoring program, your club will be filled with spark plugs ready to fire upon request. Mentoring and evaluations create enthusiasm, and once you light that fire the only thing it needs is some kindling.

When you talk, you give yourself away. You reveal your true character in a picture which is more true and realistic than anything an artist can do for you.

While most of us may have entered Toastmasters to learn to make speeches, that benefit is but the beginning of the good which may come to us and the good which we may do for mankind.

The club whose membership is shrinking has something the matter with it.

The destination determines the direction.

The first result of speech training is self-discovery.

The personal touch, in all levels of our work, is one of [Toastmasters?] distinguishing features. We are working together.

The simple fact is that we grow or learn or work better when we enjoy what we are doing, and this is essentially the secret of success in Toastmasters. Our meetings are made enjoyable by a fine, helpful fellowship, in a pleasant, social atmosphere, with activities carefully planned.

The Toastmasters Club which has the right sort of program does not lose its members.

The Toastmasters Club, as I see it, is a voluntary association of people who desire to gain facility in the art of communication.

There are no absolutes in public speaking.

These people can be encouraged to develop and use their own initiative and originality for their own improvement. It has been my privilege to share with all of them the results of my own experiences, and to try to stimulate them in using their resources.

Ours is the only organization I know dedicated to the individual, we work together to bring out the best in each of us and then we apply these skills to help others.

Out work is based primarily on principles of learning by doing and improving through practice and criticism, principles in which I strongly believe. Back of these, there is Herbert Spencer's definition of education. He held that education is a process of drawing out and putting into use the talents and abilities which are present in the person to be educated, rather than of pouring into his or her mind information from the exterior.

People more willingly follow a leader who knows where he is going.

Personal contacts between those who are prepared to lead and those who need help in leadership are essential. Much information must be transmitted through the printed page , but the most effective method of transmission is through training sessions in which qualified leaders present information and conduct discussion. If we should ever lose this sense of fellowship, of personal friendly relationships, we might easily become just another high-grade correspondence school. The personal touch, in all levels of our work, is one of its distinguishing features. We are working together.

Sometimes it pays to make yourself ridiculous, just to prove that you can.

The ability to approach an audience in [a] friendly style is partly a gift of nature, and partly a cultivated art. It is worth cultivating if you want to be as effective as possible in your speech.

Author Picture
First Name
Ralph C.
Last Name
Smedley
Birth Date
1878
Death Date
1965
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American Founder of Toastmasters International