Frequently Asked Questions
What is Toastmasters?
Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. There are more than 332,000 members attending one of 15,400 clubs in 135 countries.
How will I learn? Is there a leader or instructor?
There is no instructor in Toastmasters. Elected committee officers keep the club running and a Toastmaster facilitates each meeting.
Toastmasters is a social, "learning-by doing" environment so at every meeting the more you get involved the more you'll learn. There are a number of roles for members to fill every night as part of the regular agenda, as well as opportunities to give a prepared speech or take part in impromptu speeches (Table Topics). Everyone is evaluated, and you also learn by watching others.
Are there any handouts or resources?
When you become a member you're given two learning manuals
Each has 10 projects to complete at your own pace. You can choose to go down either the communication or leadership track, and most members do both before heading into the advanced manuals.
You'll also receive a monthly magazine from Toastmasters International, providing great tips & articles for improving your speaking.
25 years of laughing every week at Shoreline Toastmasters!
I joined Shoreline when I moved to Christchurch. Toastmasters was a great way to meet friendly, like-minded people. I have certainly gained public speaking skills and I enjoy the challenges, but most of all I enjoy the humour and fellowship that each Monday evening brings.
I have found toastmaster has helped me with my job immensely. I look forward to my toastmasters nights and feel exhilarated after the meeting. The meetings are more fun than I expected and way less stressful than I anticipated.