How Does It Work?
When you attend a meeting for the first time, you are our guest. You don’t pay anything to sit in and observe. You will be welcome to participate, but are under no obligation. Your first meeting is simply and opportunity to discover if Toastmasters is right for you.
A Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere. There is no instructor in a Toastmasters meeting. Instead, members voluntarily fill roles that help facilitate the meeting.
Depending on who has signed up to do a speech, you may have the pleasure of listening to someone delivering a speech from on of the Educational Program manuals. For more about our Education Program, click here.
A key component of the Toastmasters meeting is evaluation. We can’t improve if we don’t know what we are doing well and what we can do better. Members evaluate one another’s performance, so that everyone gets feedback from a variety of perspectives. This feedback loop is a key part of the program’s success.
Meeting participants also give impromptu talks on topics they are assigned on the spot. These “Table Topics” are a fun part of the night because you never know what people will come up with when put on the spot. We’ve been touched by these mini presentations, and we’ve also laughed to tears. It’s everyone’s favourite part of the night!
Meetings are held Monday evenings (except holidays) from 7:00 pm – 8:30pm at 896 Riverside Drive, Building C. Timmins