Are you (or a non-Toastmaster friend) curious about Toastmasters? If so, watch this professional 12-minute video to see for yourself what their meetings are like. What a quick, easy and risk-free way to check if you’d like to take the next step – visiting a club in person (at no cost).
Recently I joined a Toastmasters club near me in Sydney, and I certainly recommend it. I didn’t find this video until afterwards, though, so I must admit the meeting format surprised me when I visited.
That’s because it’s quite formal, with people assigned roles like chairperson, timer and sergeant-at-arms (I’m still not sure what that is!), so it felt quite old-fashioned and not what I’m used to in business. Still, everyone was so friendly, and there was a lot of laughter – which is always a great sign in any group!
To me, most of the people in the video do look like they’re “made for TV”, in that they’re young and good-looking, so you might find your local club has a wider age range. In the club I’ve joined, many people are young to middle-aged professionals, and others are retirees. I like that mix. Also, several people are from non-English-speaking backgrounds, whereas in the video everyone sounds like a native English speaker, so again that’s more homogeneous than I’ve found.
I’ve heard people suggest visiting several clubs to see which one suits you, which sounds like a good idea. So if you have a few Toastmasters clubs near you, you can take your pick, and even join more that one if you want! After all, so much depends on the mix of people who happen to join a particular club.
Over to you
I hope you enjoy this video, and that it encourages you to visit a Toastmasters club. To find a club near you, go to www.toastmasters.org/find.
I’d love to hear your own views on the video or Toastmasters, so by all means use the comment box below.