What is a Toastmasters meeting like?
Each club has its own meeting format. In our club, meetings usually last about two hours with a 10 minute break in the middle. We typically have 3 to 4 people that give prepared speeches, which are then evaluated by other people. We also have 5 to 6 people that give impromptu speeches on a subject given to them.
Is there a fee to pay for becoming a Toastmasters member?
Yes. The yearly fee is CHF 180.- However, non-members can come to up to 3 meetings for free as “guests”.
Are there any minimum requirements to become a Toastmasters member?
Anyone is welcome to become a member regardless of their public-speaking level, from an absolute beginner to a seasoned veteran. The only requirement is to be at least 18 years of age.
How often do you have meetings?
We normally have two meetings per month: on the first and third Wednesdays at 19h00. We may also have extra meetings, which are announced on our website.
Do you teach classes?
No. However, we have a mentorship system where a new member can ask to be followed by a more experienced member. In addition, sometimes we have experienced speakers who give workshops during a regular meeting or during an extra meeting.
Do you also host meetings Online?
All our meetings are in person at the Ecole Internationale de Genève. 2 or 3 times per year we exceptionally have online meetings, which are announced on our website.
I just became a member. Now what?
You now have access to all the necessary documentation to give a successful speech! You can come to meetings when you wish, give prepared speeches or evaluate speeches or take support roles during meetings (like be in charge of the timing).
I heard there are some Toastmasters championships. Can I participate?
Absolutely! Members of any club can participate in the yearly contests (for prepared speeches, non-prepared speeches and evaluations). A contest is held in multiple levels: from the club, to the area, to the division….all the way to the World Championship.
Are meetings also in other languages than English?
Our club is English only. But most of our members are non-native speakers who also take this opportunity to improve their English skills.