Every Toastmasters club shares the same mission, clearly defined in the following mission statement:
“We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self confidence and personal growth..”
And that is truly what Toastmasters is about – the supportive learning environment where you can grow as a speaker.
How does it work?
We meet regularly and have a quite structured meeting, where there will be prepared speeches (typically between 1 and 4) and their evaluations. There are also impromptu speeches (this part is called the Table Topics) where members as well as guests can try speaking for 1-2 minutes on an unprepared subject that a ‘Table Topics Master’ has prepared.
There are also people with other roles, e.g. the ‘Timer’, who makes sure that we are on time and the speakers get feedback on their use of time. The ‘Ah-counter’, who listens for filler words and gives feedback at the end of the meeting. And so forth. Check out this video for a demo of a typical meeting – but remember to add some Danish culture when imagining how our meetings look here in Denmark :)
Sounds cool – How do I join?
You are more than welcome to visit us as a guest a few times and you can of course become a member as soon as you like. What we pay depends a bit on the club, but in e.g. Copenhagen Toastmasters the price is approximately kr. 65 per month and there is a starting fee of kr. 180 for two project books that you get directly from Toastmasters International: The Competent Communicator and the Compentent Leadership. Members also get the Toastmasters Magazine sent to their address which has articles on Public Speaking.