What we're about
We meet several Tuesdays each month, 7-8 pm, usually at Southeast Library on Capitol Hill. Be our guest! No need to RSVP. Watch this Meetup page for changes in dates and locations.
Your potential is limited only by your excuses.
Whether you work in a corporate environment or from home, whether you are a student or retiree, Toastmasters is an enjoyable and affordable way of gaining communication and leadership skills.
Become a Better Speaker
Toastmasters will give you the skills and confidence you need to express yourself in any situation. By learning to formulate and convey your ideas, you open a new world of possibilities. You will become more persuasive and confident when giving presentations, and improve your one-on-one dealings with others.
Become a Leader
Leadership is the art of persuading others to do what you wish. To succeed, you need to communicate and work as a team. In Toastmasters, you’ll do both. And you’ll find out how to vary your approach to suit the needs of different people, whether they are an audience, committee, or coworkers and managers.
It Really Works!
Don’t worry! Everyone in a Toastmasters club was once at the level you are now. The environment is friendly and supportive, and the self-paced program allows you to build confidence with each assignment.
And you’ll love the applause! Constructive evaluation is the heart of the Toastmasters program. Each time you give a speech or fill another role, an evaluator will point out strengths and suggest improvements.
What Happens When I Join?
With more than 250,000 members in more than 12,500 clubs in 106 countries, you’re sure to find a meeting near you. Most groups meet weekly or biweekly for one to two hours. The meetings are organized so that everyone will have a chance to participate. You schedule your own assignments in advance, so you’ll have plenty of time to prepare.
You can request a mentor to assist you with your first speaking and meeting roles. Your first prepared speech will be an “ice-breaker” – a four- to six-minute speech to introduce yourself to the group. You will also begin taking other roles in the meetings. As you grow in confidence, your assignments will grow with you.
You will receive encouraging, helpful feedback on how it went and how you can improve next time. This proven method will help you build your confidence and skills quickly and affordably!
To join Toastmasters, please be our guest at the next Lone Star Toastmasters' Meeting, usually (but not always) at Southeast Neighborhood Library; we'll help you fill out a member application form! Library is on 7th Street SE at corner of D Street SE, across the street from Eastern Market Metro station. Watch this Meetup page for dates and possible changes of location.