What is Toastmasters?
Toastmasters International (TI) is an International nonprofit organisation in promoting better Public Speaking, Communication and Leadership skills for people who wish to improve these abilities in their everyday life. Through establishing clubs around the world, members gathered for meetings to deliver speeches and other leadership tasks guided by manuals published by the organisation.
Membership fees vary from club to club as they self-financed for meeting venues and all stationaries – only a flat rate up to USD 36 per member will be paid to TI annually and new members will need to pay a one-time USD 20 for New Membership Kit and processing.
If you happened to be in Hong Kong, Vienna or London, these are the clubs I participated or visited over the years:
Vienna Speakers Club: Sisters club of the Vienna Toastmasters Club, they share many members and resources that is now shaping characters of its own. You can find more information from their website and Facebook Page.
VIC Toastmasters Club: This is a private club, meaning that they are not open for public. It is located within the vicinity of the United Nation (UN) Headquarters in Vienna. They might however consider for visiting Toastmasters or individuals, contact the Vice President of Education (VPE) for availability.
Speakers of Croydon Toastmasters Club: I visited this club some years ago while I was in London. It felt to me is a community club with a very friendly and causal environment. Many of them are long time members that are enthusiastic in crafting better speech delivery skills. You can find more information from their website. Here’s my review of this club.
Berkeley Square Speakers, Early Bird Speakers & Covent Garden Speakers: These clubs meet in weekday mornings which are the rare gem in Toastmasters. Their venues are rather extravagant that might already worth visiting for. Atmosphere are rather formal as everyone suited up for work later on. Speakers are really top-notch that you will be impressed by their delivery skills and how much they prepared ahead of time. Here’s my review of these clubs.
Connect with other Toastmasters in joining the annual Toastmasters International Convention. During this 5 days event, there are workshops for leadership and communication skills, club business meetings and the international speech contest, which is the spotlight event with speakers from all over the world competing for being the best speaker of the year. Here’s a club you should not miss! You can read about my experience in this post too.