FAQ

  • Must I be a Member to attend a Club Meeting?
    • Our Club, Springfield Toastmasters, is a “Community” Club meaning anyone is welcome to attend or join. Some Clubs are “Corporate” Clubs meaning they are open only to employees of the business hosting the Club. You may visit Springfield Toastmasters as often as you wish. However, membership will be required before you can participate in the Toastmasters Education Program.

 

  •    Am I required to speak when I visit?
    • No. However, you may be asked to briefly introduce yourself.

 

  • What happens once I join?
    • Once you join, you will be mentored through the first speech manual, and encouraged to participate in  roles, with the goal of earning the Competent Communicator and Competent Leader awards; and on your way to becoming a Distinguished Toastmaster.  The program is self-paced and includes preparation and delivery of timed speeches, and exercises to sharpen your impromptu speaking abilities and cultivate  skills.

 

  •    What is the process for becoming a Club Member?
    • Becoming a Member is a very simple process involving a membership application form and payment of membership dues. Any Club Officer at the Meeting can help you get started.  Membership fees are $63.00 each six months

 

  •    Who is the Toastmasters program designed to help?
    • Anyone who wants to improve their leadership, communication, and public speaking skills.     

 

  •    What does a typical Club Meeting look like?
    • Each meeting follows a pre-planned time-bound agenda which consists of several sections including prepared speeches, verbal evaluations, and impromptu speaking exercises. 
    • the club experience
  •     Is there an age requirement for membership?
    • Yes. Members must be at least 18 years old.  
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  •     Who is allowed to join Toastmasters?
    • Anyone at least 18 years of age can join Toastmasters. Some clubs, including ours, vote in their members.

 

  •     How can I find out where and when the next Club Meeting will be?
    • By searching Google for the website of the Toastmasters club in your town. You may also find them on Meetup.com or Facebook. You may contact the club’s president. Club meeting dates and time are listed on the front page of our website as well as on the club’s calendar. You can also check the District 22 calendar at  https://www.meetup.com/District-22-Toastmasters/.

 

  •     If I have questions during the Club Meeting, who should I ask?
    • Any question is valid and can be asked to any of our Members or Officers before the meeting, during the break, or after the meeting. You can also ask your questions by e-mailing our club president.

 

  •     Can I attend without joining?
    • You are welcome to attend as many meetings as you like.  However, you must join before you can begin receiving credit in the Toastmasters Education Program.

 

  •     What is the time commitment?
    • We meet twice a month for two hours each.  You may need extra time for some of the club’s functions.  For example, if you are going to give a speech, you need to spend time outside of the meeting, researching, preparing and practicing your speech.

 

  •     What if I cannot attend every Club Meeting?
    • We don’t have any attendance requirements. Missing meetings means missing the learning opportunities for which you have signed up as a member.

 

  •     What should I bring?
    • As a visitor, nothing other than your willingness to learn new skills. As a member, you need to bring your educational manuals for evaluations.

 

  •     How should I dress?
    • We do not have any dress code requirements for club meetings.

 

  •     Who should I contact if I have more questions?
    • Generally, the club’s president is the main contact person.  E-mail our club presidentwith any questions.

 

  •     Does Toastmasters provide any printed training material?
    • As a Toastmaster’s member, you will have some educational manuals to use for training; and, you will receive Toastmasters International’s magazine, “Toastmasters”,on a monthly basis. There are tons of printed educational material as well as digital versions that are available online at www.toastmasters.org.

 

  •     What are the other sources of information about Toastmasters?

 

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  •  Toastmasters International: Statistics and facts:
    • As of Jun 30, 2015:
      • Toastmasters International has over 332,200 members in 15,406 clubs in 122 countries.
      • In 2014-2015 members earned a total of  41,551 educational awards which is the total of 28,357 CC awards, 13,194 AC awards, 16,902 CL awards, 8,143 AL awards and 1,536 DTM awards.
      • Toastmasters International’s Facebook page has a total of 74,165 fans, its LinkedIn group has a total of 44,927 followers, its Twitter has over 44,324 followers.

 

  •  Does Toastmasters International have a Mobile App?
    • Yes. Toastmasters’ new mobile app is called TI_App and is the latest addition to the digital solutions available primarily to members and leaders. Some of the strategic goals for this app include member engagement, capturing data related to club meeting activities and enhancing the club experience through data collection and analysis. The mobile app is a multi-phase project that’s scheduled to be released to all members by the end of 2015. So far, Phase One is complete, and it includes:​
      •  An independent, scalable and flexible platform
      •  Ability to view and select members from the roster based on the login
      •  Adaptive speech timer
      •  Ah counter and recorder
      •  Word of the Day and grammar tracker
      •  Member history and approval process
    • The app is offered for the two mobile operating systems Android and iOS (Apple) and will be available to download from Google Play and the App Store. The goal is to eventually include components such as video recorder, audio recorder, GPS and other devices to enhance the club and member experience.
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