Beginner’s Guide to Toastmasters

(For the Curious Minds!)

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Perhaps you’ve heard about Toastmasters but aren’t sure what it’s all about? Here’s a quick rundown on the essential things to know about Toastmasters if you’re considering joining this organization.

History of Toastmasters

Toastmasters was started by Ralph C. Smedley who worked for the YMCA in Bloomington, Illinois. He started the club as a way for men to learn how to speak and conduct meetings at work. The name of the club was based on the term for a person who gives toasts at banquets, etc.

The first unofficial Toastmasters meeting was held on March 24, 1905, and the first female member was admitted in 1970. As of 2018, the organization had 357,000 memberships in 16,600 clubs in 143 countries!

Core Values of Toastmasters

The core values of the organization are integrity, respect, service, and excellence.

Toastmasters teaches you how to become an effective communicator and leader.  However, the group does not offer strategies for overcoming stage fright or public speaking anxiety. Rather, it focuses on self-confidence and personal growth.

How to Join Toastmasters?

You must be at least 18 years old to join Toastmasters. You don’t need to speak when visiting a club, so don’t let that put you off from attending a meeting.

When at the club, ask the vice president for a membership application. Then, complete it, and return it with your dues.

Members pay dues of BND 280 for one year and new members pay a $45 registration fee.


For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us at 8670234 or visit our club! 

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