I am (or have been) active in three speaking organizations:
This page is for Toastmasters. But it isn't just about Dallas Singles Toastmasters (my club). It also provides:
Toastmasters International is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people overcome the fear of speaking, and learn to be better speakers, better listeners and better leaders.
The first Toastmasters club was established on October 22, 1924, in Santa Ana, California, by Dr. Ralph C. Smedley, who conceived and developed the idea of helping others to speak more effectively. More clubs were formed, and Toastmasters International was incorporated under California law on December 19, 1932.
Toastmasters International's business and services are administered by its World Headquarters, located in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. It employs no paid promoters or instructors. It has no salaried staff except the executive Director and World Headquarters staff, who provide services to the clubs and Districts.
What's In It For You
Members of Toastmasters benefit in a number of ways. You will:
Finding a Local Club
There are more than 8,500 local Toastmasters clubs in over 60 countries around the world.
It is easy to find a club near you. Go to the Toastmasters International website at www.Toastmasters.org. Simple links from their home page will take you to a page for your country and to information about local clubs, including when and where they meet and contact information.
I recommend that you check out several clubs. Each club has it's own "personality" and "tone". You need to find one that suits your individual style.
One of the clubs you should definitely check out (if you are in Dallas) is my local club: Dallas Singles Toastmasters.
My Local Club: Dallas Singles Toastmasters
Nickname: The Loud and the Proud
Meeting Time: every Thursday night, 18:30 (6:30 PM). The meeting ends around 20:00 (8:00 PM) or just a bit after.
Post Toasties: After the meeting, members remain in the restaurant/bar to meet and socialize at what we call Post Toasties. This is an informal opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.
Meeting Location: Ozona's Grill and Bar, 4615 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, Texas. Ozona's is located on the West side of Greenville Avenue, south of Fondren Drive, north of Dyer Street. Yale is the next large cross-street to the South. (Just to be safe, check the official website at www.DallasSinglesToastmasters.com to be sure the meeting didn't have to move this week.)
Members and Guests: Most members are single; but not all are. A few even joined as singles and remain active now that they aren't. Guests are always welcome. There is no charge for guests to attend the meetings.
Membership: Membership is open to everyone. Dues are $59.00 every six months ($9.83 per month or about $2.50 per week) and includes membership in Toastmasters International. (Many employers will reimburse membership dues because it benefits their employees. Be sure to check with your employer.)
Typical Agenda: The "typical" meeting begins with Table Topics (Impromptu Speeches) in which the Table Topics Master calls on members (guests are exempt) to give 1-2 minute speeches. Then the meeting continues with 3 or 4 Prepared Speeches, usually about 5-7 minutes each. Following the prepared speeches are evaluations of each prepared speech, presented by an evaluator assigned to the speech and presented in a supportive and caring way. Voting selects the Best Table Topics, Best Speaker, Best evaluator and a few other awards as well (and guests get to vote).
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