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We’ve put together this resource page to answer any questions you might have about Toastmasters. If you have other questions, feel free to ask one of our members at the club meeting or connect with us using our online form!
Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that offers a proven education program that helps improve communication and build leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. The organization’s membership exceeds 300,000 in more than 15,800 clubs in 149 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people of all backgrounds build confidence as speakers and leaders.
At Toastmasters, members learn by speaking to groups and working with others in a supportive environment. A typical Toastmasters club is made up of approximately 20 people who meet once a week for about an hour. Each meeting gives members several opportunities:
- Conduct meetings
Members learn how to plan and conduct meetings.
- Give impromptu speeches
Members present one- to two-minute, impromptu speeches about assigned topics.
- Present prepared speeches
Members present speeches based on projects from the Pathways learning experience—Toastmasters’ education program. Projects cover topics such as speech organization, vocal variety, language, gestures and persuasion.
- Offer constructive evaluation
Every speaker is assigned an evaluator who points out speech strengths and offers suggestions for improvement.
- Pathways Learning Experience
Pathways is Toastmasters’ exciting, interactive and flexible education program. With 11 paths to choose from (and more in development), you have the option to pick which skills you want to focus on.
Brochure: All About Toastmasters [pdf]
Toastmasters allows you to engage with people who share similar interests to you in a supportive and comfortable setting. Here’s just a few of the many benefits you’ll see as a Toastmaster:
Improve your public speaking skills
Build leadership skills
Work on networking in a small and supportive environment
Gain self-confidence and self-awareness
Receive regular and constructive feedback from peers with similar interests as you
Practice writing speeches and presenting in a group setting
Access to the Pathways learning experience, which is an education program that allows you to leverage over 300 practical workplace skills, including:
Online meeting management
Gain a competitive advantage in the workplace
Enjoy unlimited personal growth
Maximize your potential
Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. The organization’s membership exceeds 364,000 in more than 16,200 clubs across 145 countries.
*NOTE: Membership includes international dues and club dues, which are used to cover expenses to run club meetings. Please contact us to learn about membership fees.
About Metro Speakers
Metro Speakers Toastmasters Club is one of the largest, oldest (40+ years) and most successful Toastmasters clubs in British Columbia. We transform people’s lives by giving members a fun and friendly stage where they can practice looking straight into the audience’s eyes and speaking up.
Led by a group of dedicated volunteers, we’ve continued to provide members a platform to practice public speaking even through the challenges that the pandemic brought us. From shifting the meetings online, to bringing them back to in-person, everyone at Metro Speakers is here to support one another.
To learn more about the leaders of our club, visit the Executive Team page.
- Large Club with Diverse Demographic: We have 20-25 regular members. Our ages range from early 20s to 60s. We are not sure how old our most senior member is, but we do know everyone is young at heart and ready to learn!
- Weekly 2-Hour Meetings: Some Toastmasters clubs offer one hour meetings, during the lunch hour and sometimes only two times a month. We offer weekly meetings (Thursdays evenings) that last two worthwhile hours. This gives every member a chance to practice public speaking in one form or another.
- Professional & Personal Speeches: We welcome members to practice any type of public speaking – business, real-estate, finance, how-to, travel presentations and more. This makes every meeting educational and inspirational!
- Fun Roles: In addition to the core roles that all Toastmasters meetings have – Toastmaster, Timer, Grammarian, Speakers and Evaluators– we offer fun roles such as Motivator, Rant Master, App Master, Food Master and Quiz Master. These roles gives members a chance to deliver speeches with different intentions. Members are also encouraged to listen carefully and be an active participant.
- Accessible to All: Our in-person meeting is located close to public transit and has ample free parking spaces.
To learn more, visit our About page.
Metro Speakers Toastmasters is a friendly and open club that meets every Thursday, 6-8PM! Anyone is welcome to join as a guest for as many meetings as you would like, no matter where you are located (all for free too)!