What is Toastmasters in a nutshell?
Toastmasters in an international non-profit organisation that has been enabling people to develop their soft skills such as communication and leadership for almost 100 years.
Who may join the organisation?
Every person from the age of 18. There may be found people of various age.
What is the entrance fee for the guests, if any?
There is no entrance fee. Everyone can come to a meeting as a guest for an unlimited number of times and will not be charged for it. Once you decide to join us you will be requested to pay the membership fee.
How much is the membership fee?
The registration fee is 80 PLN which covers 2 student books: Competent Speaker and Competent Leader. Additionally, you will be requested to pay mid-year fee amounting to around 250 PLN. Most of it is transferred to the headquarter in the US.
Do I need to come to the meetings once I sign up?
No. You can do almost everything at Toastmaster but nothing is mandatory. It is up to you how much time you devote to it.
Can I be a member of more than one club?
Yes, there are people who are active members of a few clubs.
Are all meetings the same?
Yes and no. Each Toastmasters meeting is in line with a predefined agenda. However, there is no such thing as exactly the same meeting– we always learn something new.
What are the benefits of attending a meeting?
Apart from boosting your self-confidence you can enhance your language skills – we organize English and German speaking meetings as well as meetings on business topics.
What is so unusual about Toastmasters – is it any different from trainings of this kind?
There are many things that distinguish Toastmasters from other trainings:
- The majority of trainings are organized as a few days or dozens of days or so courses which tend to be quite expensive. At TM a mid-year fee amounts to PLN 250.
- At TM we learn through practice. When being a member you do not attend a training and you do not listen to a lecturer. We believe that practice makes perfect.
- During every meeting, after the speech we receive a lot of feedback. Thanks to it we are able to improve our skills.
Will your organisation teach me how to speak publicly?
No. You are fully responsible for your development. Certainly, there will be a lot of people supporting you. However, it is up to you whether you master public speaking skills or not.