My First Meeting
Every journey has a destination, but it also has a beginning. For millions, that journey started when they attended their first Toastmasters meeting.
A Toastmasters meeting provides an opportunity and a supportive environment to improve your public speaking, communication, and leadership skills. Meetings are self-run and members work their way through Toastmasters’ education program.
There’s no pressure to participate in your first meeting. You can simply observe and ask any questions you have to one of the club’s officers when the meeting concludes. If you’re not sure who is a club officer, all you have to do is ask.
Each club has a unique culture and meetings may look slightly different, so take your time and find a club that fits you. When you do, ask a club officer about becoming a member.
Your first Toastmasters meeting is only the start of the journey. Your destination is up to you.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I find a club?Back to Top
To find a Toastmasters club, visit the Find a Club webpage. There, you will find local meeting times and locations, as well as clubs that accept online attendance.
Where are club meetings held?Back to Top
Club meetings are held in a variety of locations, including corporations, colleges, and local community centers. Many clubs also allow online attendance, with some meetings occurring exclusively online and others in a hybrid setting, with both online and in-person attendance. Toastmasters' global network is made of 15,800 clubs in 149 countries.
Do I need to contact a club before attending?Back to Top
We recommend you contact a club prior to visiting to confirm the meeting time and location, as well as to let the club know to expect you.
Am I required to speak at a club meeting?Back to Top
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?Back to Top
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?Back to Top
Meeting times range from 1–2 hours.
Do I need to bring anything to a club meeting?Back to Top
No. You are not required to bring anything to a meeting.
Is there a leader or instructor?Back to Top
There is no instructor in a Toastmasters meeting. The club will have elected club officers present and a Toastmaster who facilitates the meeting.
How do I find a club’s officers?Back to Top
A club’s officers will usually greet guests. Toastmasters are friendly and helpful, so if you cannot find one, simply ask a member who the officers are. Club officers are your best resource and can answer any questions you have.
Can anyone become a member?Back to Top
As long as you are at least 18 years old, you can join Toastmasters.
How much does it cost to become a member?Back to Top
Members pay international dues of $45 USD every six months. (Some clubs may charge additional fees.) There is a new member fee of $20 USD.