How Does Toastmasters Work?
- A Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere. A typical group has 20 to 40 members who meet weekly, biweekly or monthly. A typical meeting lasts 60–90 minutes.
- There is no instructor in a Toastmasters meeting. Instead, members evaluate one another’s presentations. This feedback process is a key part of the program’s success. Meeting participants also give impromptu talks on assigned topics, conduct meetings and develop skills related to timekeeping, grammar and parliamentary procedure.
- Members learn communication skills by working in the Competent Communication manual, a series of 10 self-paced speaking assignments designed to instill a basic foundation in public speaking.
- Members also learn leadership skills by taking on various meeting roles and working in the Competent Leadership manual. In our learn-by-doing approach, we don’t lecture members about leadership skills; we give them responsibilities and mentoring to help. Then we ask them to lead.
Why should I join?
The Toastmasters program offers many benefits that help people in all walks of life. As a result of participating in Toastmasters, you will:
- Increase your self-confidence
- Become a better speaker
- Become a better leader
- Communicate more effectively
How much does it cost?
Membership is affordable – a great value that can change your life that costs less than a dollar a day. Your initial investment:
- $20 New member fee which includes 4 manuals
- $69 Dues for six months. This includes a subscription to Toastmasters Magazine.
More than 4 million people have discovered the benefits of this proven learning formula. What are you waiting for?
How do I join?
Visit our club.
- Your first two visits are free.
At the meeting, ask the vice president membership for a membership application and fill it out.
Give your application and dues to the vice president membership at the club.
- Once you are voted in by the existing membership, the club officer will send your application and fees to Toastmasters’ World Headquarters.
- Your New Member Kit should arrive in the mail in about two weeks (kits outside of the U.S. may take longer).
How should I dress?
Dress is casual to business casual. There is no dress code!
What should I expect at a meeting?
The meeting starts promptly at noon when the Sergent at Arms calls the meeting to order. It’s good to arrive a little early so you can sign the guest book and meet some of the members. We usually have 10-15 members and guests present. The Toastmaster will introduce the members who have meeting roles such as grammarian, timer and general evaluator. Next we have from one to three prepared speeches followed by speech evaluations. The next part of the meeting is Table Topics, 1 to 2 minute extemporaneous speeches on a topic chosen by the Table Topics master. This is a great way to learn how to think on your feet. We try to give all members and guests an opportunity to speak. Guests are welcome to participate but are not required to speak. Feel free to bring your lunch!
- 12:00 – Meeting begins with the Pledge of Allegiance and opening comments
- 12:05 – Prepared Speech segment begins
- 12:30 – Table topics segment begins
- 1:00 – Evaluations
- 1:10 – Closing Statements
What if I’m afraid of public speaking?
You are in the right place! We were all afraid of public speaking – that’s why we joined Toastmasters. The best way to conquer your fear is to speak often in a supportive, low pressure environment like our club.