What is a typical meeting like? The meeting begins with introductions followed by three or four manual or education speeches, Table Topics, speech evaluation, general evaluation and a short business meeting.
Table Topics gives everyone an opportunity to speak impromptu for one to two minutes on a topic chosen for the evening that may or may not be known in advance.
The business meeting addresses club administration issues and is an opportunity to learn and use parliamentary procedure.
Evaluations are made throughout all stages of the meeting in order for members to get constructive feedback.
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How much does it cost? The annual subscription is NZD$180. Amounts are prorated. Please contact us for more information.
Is there an age restriction? Yes, you must be at least 18 years of age to join Toastmasters.
How often will I have to speak? There are lots of opportunities to practice public speaking with Toastmasters. You are given the opportunity to speak for at least two minutes each meeting during the Table Topics impromptu speeches.
You will be giving your prepared speeches to complete your goal of Competent Communicator in the time frame you set. In addition, members rotate through the different roles needed during the meeting.
When can I start speaking? Right away or when you feel most comfortable. At your first meeting you will be given the opportunity to speak, impromptu, during Table Topics if you wish. You can progress at your own speed, but generally we want to schedule your first "Ice Breaker" speech in the second or third week after you join.
What credentials can I receive? There are numerous credentials that you can achieve at Toastmasters International, that will benefit both your professional career and your personal life. CC - Competent Communicator, AC - Advanced Communicator (Bronze, Silver, Gold), CL & AL - Competent Leader and Advanced Leader, DTM - Distinguished Toastmaster. Each designation will be explained in the introductory package that you receive when you join.
How do I get a mentor? Once you join, you can ask the Vice President of Education to help you choose a mentor.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.