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Toastmasters International FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about Toastmasters International.

This FAQ about Toastmasters International was compiled and written by Joel Furr DTM jfurr@danger.com with numerous contributions by others.

-01 What is Toastmasters?
Toastmasters International is a non-profit ...
-02 Is this just a group for people in the USA or for people who speak English? (Toastmasters International)
No. The organization includes approximately 180,000 ...
-03 How is Toastmasters organized?
All Toastmasters members belong to one or more clubs. ...
-04 Where can I find a club? (Toastmasters International)
If you'd like to visit a club meeting, simply ...
-05 Do I have to ask permission before attending a meeting of a club in my area? (Toastmasters International)
Usually no. ...
-06 Is Toastmasters a social or drinking organization in some regard?
The name Toastmasters is a holdover from the founding of ...
-07 What happens at a meeting? (Toastmasters International)
The format varies slightly from club to club, but the ...
-08 What's a "prepared speech?" (Toastmasters International)
When you join Toastmasters (see the Membership FAQ) ...
-09 What speech projects are there for me to work on? (Toastmasters International)
In the basic (Communication and Leadership manual), ...
-10 What is "Table Topics?" (Toastmasters International)
Table Topics is fun! It's also terrifying. Basically, ...
-11 What is Evaluation? (Toastmasters International)
The Evaluation program is the third of the three main parts ...
-12 What's all this emphasis on time limits? (Toastmasters International)
As noted above, speeches have time limits, Table Topics ...
-13 Why all this structure to the meeting? (Toastmasters International)
If meetings sound complicated, we're sorry. Meetings general-...
-14 I'm scared to death of speaking! Why should I look into Toastmasters?
EVERYONE is afraid of speaking. In poll after poll, ...
-15 How is Toastmasters more beneficial than other forms of speaking improvement?
College and high school courses in public speaking ...
-16 Where should I go for further information? (Toastmasters International)
See the Membership FAQ, the Educational Advancement FAQ, ...
-17 Can I send mail to Toastmasters officials via the Internet? (Toastmasters International)
If you need to send email to department heads at TI World Head-...
-18 How does one go about joining Toastmasters?
First, of course, you must have found a club to join. If ...
-19 How much does membership cost? (Toastmasters International)
Upon joining Toastmasters, you will find yourself paying ...
-20 Can I belong to more than one club? (Toastmasters International)
Yes. This is called dual membership even if you belong to ...
-21 If I belong to more than one club, do I have to pay full dues for each? (Toastmasters International)
Yes. If you belong to more than one club, you must nonetheless pay ...
-22 Are my dues tax deductible? (Toastmasters International)
In the United States, they are -- IF your job is of a ...
-23 What do I get for my dues? (Toastmasters International)
Your $18.00 semi-annual dues paid to World Headquarters ...
-24 What do I get for my New Member fee? (Toastmasters International)
Your $16.00 New Member fee gets you the following:...
-25 If I want to drop out of Toastmasters after joining, what do I do?
Simply wait for March or September to arrive and don't ...
-26 How receptive are clubs to new members? (Toastmasters International)
Since most people are genuinely terrified of public speaking,...
-27 If I join, will they make me speak right away? (Toastmasters International)
No. You will not be asked to speak unless you're ready to. ...
-28 What should my main objective be as a new Toastmasters member?
Well, there are two right answers to this question. The first is ...
-29 What does CTM stand for? (Toastmasters International)
It stands for Competent Toastmaster. The CTM is the basic ...
-30 What do I have to do to earn a CTM? (Toastmasters International)
You have to complete the Communication and Leadership (C&L) manual,...
-31 Do I have to give all the speeches at Toastmasters club meetings?
No. So long as you are giving the speech to an audience with at ...
-32 Do I have to work through the C&L manual in the order the projects are given?
No. You can do the projects out of order if you like. It ...
-33 When I finish the CTM what happens? (Toastmasters International)
When you finish, there's a form in the back of your manual to fill out,...
-34 What's the ATM? (Toastmasters International)
ATM means Able Toastmaster. It's the next level of ...
-35 What do I have to do to get an ATM? (Toastmasters International)
Well, it's a little more difficult than a CTM, for starters. You ...
-36 What advanced manuals are available? (Toastmasters International)
There are fourteen manuals available, each with five speech projects ...
-37 Other than the CTM and ATM, what educational opportunities are there in Toastmasters?
Well, there's the DTM, of which more in a moment, but there are ...
-38 What happens after I earn an ATM? (Toastmasters International)
The first thing that happens is that you send in the registration ...
-39 What is an ATM Bronze and ATM Silver? (Toastmasters International)
The ATM Bronze and ATM Silver are further advances along the ...
-40 What is a DTM? (Toastmasters International)
DTM stands for Distinguished Toastmaster. The DTM is the ...
-41 What happens after I've earned a DTM and an ATM Silver? (Toastmasters International)
You have several options. You may go back at any point after earning ...
-42 Educational Advancement in Toastmasters International: Is there anything else?
Well, yes. The very, very best speakers may qualify for the ...
-43 Have you considered making a "speech bank" of good speeches presented by Toastmasters members available for gopher or FTP?
Yes, this has been considered. Some people think it would be an ...
-44 What leadership opportunities within the club are open to me as a member of Toastmasters?
All clubs have a staff of club officers. These are ...
-45 What leadership opportunities are open to me OUTSIDE the club? (Toastmasters International)
You can serve as Area Governor, Division Governor, ...
-46 What is an Area? (Toastmasters International)
Clubs are grouped into Areas of three to eight Clubs. ...
-47 What is a Division? (Toastmasters International)
Areas are grouped into Divisions. Divisions may be as ...
-48 What is a District? (Toastmasters International)
Districts in some cases are equivalent to states and ...
-49 Whoa! That sounds complicated! (Toastmasters International Leadership and Organization)
-50 How do I get to be a District officer? (Toastmasters International)
-51 What levels are beyond the District? (Toastmasters International)
-52 What's the World Convention? (Toastmasters International)
-53 So the Board of Directors and the President and Vice Presidents make all the decisions about dues and so forth? (Toastmasters International)
Yes and no. Any proposals they wish to see adopted ...
-54 What do I get for serving as an officer? (Toastmasters International)
If you serve as a club officer, you earn credit toward an ATM. ...
-55 What's all this about speech contests? (Toastmasters International)
In order to provide for people who enjoy competitive speaking,...
-56 How do you pick the winners? (Toastmasters International)
Each contest has a set of rules which mandate originality ...
-57 Who gets to compete? (Toastmasters International)
Any member in good standing (i.e. you've got your dues paid)...
-58 When do the contests take place? (Toastmasters International)
It varies from District to District. Some Districts have ...
-59 What do I get if I win a contest? (Toastmasters International)
At the club level, sometimes all you get is a handshake ...
-60 My District has different rules for the various speech contests. Is this permitted? (Toastmasters International)
This situation came up recently in District 37 (North Carolina)....
-61 Hey, what about the Debate Contest or the Interpretive Reading Contest or some other contest you didn't mention? (Toastmasters International)
Districts can hold whatever contests they want in addition ...









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