Facts for First Timers

New Member Experience 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 16,400 clubs in 141 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.

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.  

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