- What do I get for my membership?
- Is there a fee to join Toastmasters?
- But if I already know the essentials of speaking, why is it necessary to keep practicing?
- When I join, will there be someone I can contact with questions?
- How can learning how to run a meeting make me a better communicator?
- How long does it take to complete the Toastmasters program?
- How long do most people belong to a Toastmasters club?
- Why is the Toastmasters Communication Program also called a leadership program?
- What is meant by active membership?
- Since speaking opportunities can be limited by club size, is it possible to speak outside of a Toastmasters club and still get credit toward Toastmaster awards?
What do I get for my membership?
After joining Toastmasters you will receive in the mail a new member kit containing all the materials needed to start the program. In addition, you will receive the Toastmaster magazine. This publication contains many interesting and useful articles which will help you in your speaking and in learning more about the Toastmasters Organisation.
Is there a fee to join Toastmasters?
Yes. There is a nominal one off fee of £15 to join. Toastmaster dues are then paid every 6 months (£45) this is less than four pounds a meeting. For more info on joining Toastmasters International, please go to our ‘How much does it cost‘ page.
But if I already know the essentials of speaking, why is it necessary to keep practicing?
Just as our bodies get out of shape when we fail to exercise, our speaking skills suffer when we fail to practice them. The effective evaluations you will receive in Linlithgow Speakers will help you to keep these skills in shape.
When I join, will there be someone I can contact with questions?
Yes, when you join our club you may be assigned a mentor to guide, answer your questions, and encourage you. This person will be an experienced member who has volunteered for the job. Linlithgow Speakers has a wealth of experienced members available who are interested in helping you to be successful.
How can learning how to run a meeting make me a better communicator?
Many of us have occasions beyond Toastmasters where we may be asked to assume leadership roles in organising a school committee, a community group, or perhaps a project on the job. Knowing how to run meetings and make effective presentations can mean the difference between success and failure at these endeavors.
How long does it take to complete the Toastmasters program?
There is no set time limit for this. The Toastmasters Organisation encourages its members to set personal goals and to work at their own pace. Some individuals advance rapidly through the program while others prefer to progress more slowly.
How long do most people belong to a Toastmasters club?
It really depends upon what a person wishes to gain from Toastmasters. Since maintaining proficiency in speaking is dependent upon practice, it would be reasonable to expect that the longer a member stays in Toastmasters, the more he or she could gain.
Why is the Toastmasters Communication Program also called a leadership program?
Along with helping you to achieve better communication skills, the Toastmasters organisation encourages its members to share what they have learned. Sometimes this is through a one to one, mentoring relationship. Other times it is by preparing members to eventually assume leadership positions in their club, in the District and in the Toastmasters Organisation.
What is meant by active membership?
Active membership means attending meetings faithfully and participating regularly in the meetings. It is more difficult to gain benefits from Toastmasters if you attend meetings infrequently since Toastmasters is an interactive program. One of the main advantages Toastmasters has over other speech programs is that it provides an opportunity for members to regularly practice and continue refining speaking skills.
Since speaking opportunities can be limited by club size, is it possible to speak outside of a Toastmasters club and still get credit toward Toastmaster awards?
Yes, credit can be given for up to two speeches per manual given outside a Toastmasters club providing 1) the Vice President of Education agrees in advance, 2) a Toastmasters evaluator is present and provides both a written and an oral project evaluation, and 3) you meet all project objectives.
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