Frequently Asked Questions

Safari giving an introduction for a ToastmastersPlease feel free to contact us with any questions. For your convenience, here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions:

What is a Toastmasters meeting like?

Each meeting has an agenda that is provided to members and guests when they arrive. Meetings generally have 4 segments: the business meeting (once a month), speeches, evaluations of speeches, and table topics. NETC meetings run approximately 90 minutes in length. All meetings are under the direction of the Toastmaster, a member who acts as the emcee for the evening. Everyone is given the opportunity to speak and encouraged to do so.

Why should I join this club?

Presentation skills are crucial in the workplace. For you to advance in your career, you need to have exceptional communication and leadership skills.

At our club, you will learn how to:

  • Formulate, express, and sell ideas
  • Organize, conduct, and lead meetings
  • Build self-confidence
  • Motivate yourself and others
  • Speak with humor and gusto
  • Network with interesting people

Can you tell me about your club culture?

All of us here at the club have a creative mind and a creative spirit. Some of us are students; some entrepreneurs, others still are employees. What we share is a passion to create!

We challenge ourselves and offer each other encouragement. Feedback from our peers is what keeps us moving forward and improving our public speaking skills.

Do I have to be an entrepreneur?

No. Our club is open to the public and our members are from all walks of life.

Throughout our nine years of operation, we have had members who are accountants, financial advisors, engineers, politicians, artists, hypnotherapists, writers, tech-savvy gadgeteers, web designers, graphic designers, real estate agents, interior designers and professors.

What is Toastmasters International, anyway?

Toastmasters International is an organization that provides practice and training to those interested in the art of public speaking. The organization started in 1924 and has since become the undisputed world leader in public speaking training. Toastmasters International has over 15,400 clubs and more than 332,000 members in 135 countries. Close to four million men and women have benefited from the organization’s communication and leadership programs.

As a guest, do I have to speak at the meeting?

Yes and no. Everyone at a Toastmasters meeting is invited to introduce themselves. If you wish, you can give a short 30 second or 1 minute self-introduction. You may choose to observe, and that’s alright. You do not have to give a speech. During the meeting, there is a segment called “Table Topics” where we practice impromptu speaking. If you wish to participate, you may be asked to give an answer or provide an opinion on a question related to the topic (theme) of the evening. Guests are welcome with no cost or obligation.

In Toastmasters, is there a pre-set program?

Yes. When you join Toastmasters International, you receive your Competent Communicator manual, and your Competent Leadership manual. Each manual contains 10 assignments — each one designed to enhance your speaking and leadership skills. From there, you may continue on through a variety of Advanced manuals. Talk to the VP of Education or the VP of Membership for more information.

We apply the Toastmasters Educational Program in Downtown Edmonton to develop communication and leadership skills. This involves public speaking and management. Our theme is entrepreneurship.Do I have to do a speech right away?

No. You do your first speech when you feel comfortable, but usually about a month after joining. We recommend new members start with smaller roles to get used to standing up and speaking in front of an audience. Upon joining, new members are paired with a mentor who will help acquaint them with the club and assist the member with first few roles and speeches.

How much does it cost?

As a non-profit club, joining the New Entrepreneurs is very inexpensive. There is a small one-time fee for registration and your manuals, plus monthly dues. To make sure we are giving you up-date-information, please contact us or drop by a meeting for the exact amounts.