Facts for First Timers

Club meetings are held in a variety of locations, including corporations, colleges, restaurants and local community centers. There are around 200 clubs in Central & North Florida, so there is sure to be one near you. If you don’t live in our District, Toastmasters’ global network is made of 16,200 clubs in 145 countries.

We recommend you contact a club prior to visiting to confirm the meeting time and location.

No. You are not obligated to speak when visiting a club. You may simply observe if you wish.

Yes. We encourage you to visit multiple clubs to find the one that best fits your preferences and needs.

Meeting times range from 1–2 hours.

Yes. We encourage you to visit multiple clubs to find the one that best fits your preferences and needs.

No. You are not required to bring anything to a meeting.

There is no instructor in a Toastmasters meeting. The club will have elected club officers present and a Toastmaster who facilitates the meeting.

As long as you are at least 18 years old, you can join Toastmasters.

Members pay international dues of 45 USD every six months. (Some clubs may charge additional fees.) There is a new member fee of 20.

  • Ask for a mentor, an experienced Toastmaster to help you with meeting roles and speeches.
  • Use stories, examples and anecdotes to craft a speech.
  • Don’t overwhelm your audience with too much information.
  • Practice speaking. Practice often.
  • Begin and end every speech strongly.

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