FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some answers to typical questions. If you have more, please feel free to contact us.

When and where do you meet?
We conduct our regular meetings every We conduct our regular meetings every

Wednesday
from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m.
at the EPAM Office,
14 Kudryashova, Floor 2, conference room 201

What is Toastmasters International?
Toastmasters International is a non-profit training and educational organization which teaches its members communication, leadership, training and management skills, and in doing so builds their self-confidence. It is the largest and most successful organization of its type in the world.

As a non-profit organization it runs a network of clubs led by volunteers for volunteers.

How long has Toastmasters International been established?
Toastmasters International was founded in 1924 and now has around 10,500 clubs in over 90 countries around the world. As a Toastmaster you will be welcome in any of these clubs.

Why do people join Chamber Toastmasters Club?
People join in order to improve their skill in speaking and to build their confidence.

What specifically will you learn to do as a Toastmaster?
By regular practice, you will learn how to make effective prepared speeches. You will also be able to make short off the cuff speeches and contributions to discussions. Most importantly you will also hone your listening skills.

How do you learn these skills?
When you join you receive training materials covering all aspects of speaking and evaluation. This kit includes a Communication and a Leadership Manual which reflects the years of experience Toastmasters has in helping people just like you. The Communication Manual takes you step by step through the art of making and evaluating speeches. The Leadership Manual encourages you to use the roles you undertake in meetings to develop various different leadership skills.

In particular you learn by doing. And your efforts are evaluated by your fellow Club members who give constructive feedback. You will be gradually introduced to the various roles within a Toastmasters meeting. Gaining proficiency in these helps to build up your skills, confidence and flexibility.

How soon will I be an expert?
Members progress at their own pace. Some move faster than others but everyone who joins Chamber Toastmasters Club and participates in the program can be sure they will become a competent speaker. Your skills develop steadily. As your confidence grows, the situations that once terrified you are taken in your stride.

Is it expensive?
No. In comparison to various courses, seminars, programs, cassette and video kits offered through the media, Toastmasters is the best value by far. In our opinion it is the most effective way to learn public speaking and build your confidence. Membership is just $72 a year and an initial registration fee of $20.

Anyone over 18 may join. To see if it’s for you, just come along to a club meeting as our guest. Visitors can attend for free and are always assured of a friendly welcome without any obligation.

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