Facts for First Timers
Where are club meetings held?
Club meetings are held in a variety of locations, including corporations, colleges, restaurants and local community centers. Toastmasters' global network is made of 15,900 clubs in 142 countries.
Do I need to contact a club before attending?
We recommend you contact a club prior to visiting to confirm the meeting time and location.
Am I required to speak at a club meeting?
No. You are not obligated to speak when visiting a club. You may simply observe if you wish.
Can I visit more than one club?
Yes. We encourage you to visit multiple clubs to find the one that best fits your preferences and needs.
Is there a fee to attend a club meeting?
There are no fees to attend a meeting as a guest.
How long do club meetings last?
Meeting times range from 1–2 hours.
Do I need to bring anything to a club meeting?
No. You are not required to bring anything to a meeting.
Is there a leader or instructor?
There is no instructor in a Toastmasters meeting. The club will have elected club officers present and a Toastmaster who facilitates the meeting.
Can anyone become a member?
As long as you are at least 18 years old, you can join Toastmasters.
How much does it cost to become a member?
Members pay international dues of $45 USD every six months. (Some clubs may charge additional fees.) International dues are $33.75 USD every six months for clubs not in Toastmasters districts. All new members also pay a one-time $20 USD fee.
Quick tips for beginners:
- Ask for a mentor, an experienced Toastmaster to help you with meeting roles and speeches.
- Use stories, examples and anecdotes to craft a speech.
- Don't overwhelm your audience with too much information.
- Practice speaking. Practice often.
- Begin and end every speech strongly.
First Timer Resources
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