What we're about
The mission of a Toastmasters club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth
So....what exactly do you do?
Are you looking to improve your speaking and leadership skills? Ignite your career? Win that job interview?
You’ve come to the right place. Since 1924, more than 4 million people around the world have become more confident speakers and leaders because of their participation in Toastmasters.
Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Today, our membership is 270,000 strong. These members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 13,000 clubs in 116 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations.
Membership in Toastmasters in one of the greatest investments you can make in yourself. At $48 every six months, it is also one of the most cost-effective skill-building tools available anywhere.
How Does It Work?
A Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere. A typical group has 20 to 40 members who meet weekly, biweekly or monthly. A typical meeting lasts 60–90 minutes.
Our club meets every Tuesday night from 7:00pm until 8:30pm. Typically, we have 15 - 20 attendees that consist of newer members, experienced members, and members that have earned the Distinguished Toastmaster title.
There is no instructor in a Toastmasters meeting. Instead, members evaluate one another’s presentations. This feedback process is a key part of the program’s success. Meeting participants also give impromptu talks on assigned topics, conduct meetings and develop skills related to timekeeping, grammar and parliamentary procedure.
Members learn communication skills by working in the Competent Communication manual, a series of 10 self-paced speaking assignments designed to instill a basic foundation in public speaking.
Members also learn leadership skills by taking on various meeting roles and working in the Competent Leadership manual. In our learn-by-doing approach, we don't lecture members about leadership skills; we give them responsibilities and mentoring to help. Then we ask them to lead.
Why should I join?
The Toastmasters program offers many benefits that help people in all walks of life. As a result of participating in Toastmasters, you will:
• Increase your self-confidence
• Become a better speaker
• Become a better leader
• Communicate more effectively
What does it cost?
Although there is a fee to join the club and take advantage of the Toastmasters program, the club is open to guests at no charge. Come check out a meeting (or three) and see what we're all about!
Once you decide to join, membership is affordable – a great value that can change your life that costs less than a dollar a day. Your initial investment:
$20 One-time New member Processing Fee*
$48 Dues Every Six Months (Prorated based upon the date you join.)*
*These fees are specific to Richardson Evening Toastmasters. Other clubs may have a different fee schedule.
This all sounds great! How do I join?
Step 1: Visit a Toastmasters club.
You can find clubs near you by using the Toastmasters International website: www.toastmasters.org (http://www.toastmasters.org/). Each group has a different personality, so you may wish to visit more than one. Your visit is free, and some clubs may allow you to return as often as you like.
Richardson Evening Toastmasters is one of the oldest clubs in District 50. We chartered on April 1st, 1958. Our founding members include the first female District Governor and Distinguished Toastmaster #10. Today, we are a very diverse club. Our roster includes active members in their 20's through their late 70's. We come from all walks of life - and share our unique experiences, talents, and ideas with our fellow members. Our diversity is truly our advantage.
Although we have meetings regularly scheduled every Tuesday evening, it’s a good idea to call or email in advance to confirm our meeting time and location.
Step 2: At the meeting, ask the Vice President of Membership for a membership application and fill it out.
Step 3: Give your application and dues to the Vice President of Membership at the club.