What Is Toastmasters?
Toastmasters is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping individuals improve their communication and leadership skills. Headquartered in California, there are now 12,000 clubs and 250,000 members all over the world.
What Can I Gain From Joining Vancouver Entrepreneurs Toastmasters Club?
There are many benefits you can gain from being a VETC member. Besides learning valuable presentation and communication skills, you will also get a chance to develop your management and leadership skill and think on your feet. You will learn how to evaluate other speakers and run effective and efficient meetings. In addition, you will make great business contacts.
Can I Attend Vancouver Entrepreneurs Toastmasters Club As A Guest?
Yes, you can attend our meetings as a guest up to 3 times before being required to apply for membership. You do not need to make an appointment. Just show up.
What Is The Dress Code At Vancouver Entrepreneurs Toastmasters Club?
There is none but, because VETC is a club of entrepreneurs, ‘business casual’ dress is encouraged.
What Is A Typical Vancouver Entrepreneurs Toastmasters Club Meeting Like?
A meeting lasts 2 hours and consists of a number of speaking roles. The weekly meeting Toastmaster oversees the entire meeting to make sure it runs smoothly. Each meeting is broken into 2 halves.
The first half is when members deliver their prepared speeches and have them evaluated by a club member who points out what the speaker did well and how they could improve for their next speech.
The second half is mainly dedicated to Table Topics, which are short speeches given without preparation. A Table Topic Master comes up with a list of questions and picks a VETC member to answer a question. Due to time constraints, guests are not invited to participate in answering a Table Topic.
How Do I Become A Vancouver Entrepreneurs Toastmasters Club Member?
To become a VETC member, you must be an active entrepreneur and need to fill out a membership application form. If your membership application is accepted you will be required to pay the membership fee.
How Much Does It Cost To Join Vancouver Entrepreneurs Toastmasters Club?
The VETC membership fee is about $110 every 6 months. For brand new Toastmasters, there is an additional one-time fee of about $30.
What Kinds Of Speeches Can I Do?
When you join VETC, you will be given Communication and Leadership manuals. The Communication manual contains 10 speech assignments. Each speech has a couple of objectives you are trying to achieve. For example, one speech may require you to use a prop. The actual speech topics will be up to you and you can take as much time as you need to prepare your speech. There is no deadline to complete the speeches but members who make the most improvements are the ones who work through the manual the fastest.