Membership Information
Our club has a lot going for it! We think you'll prefer Addison Singles Toastmasters Club over other clubs because:
  1. This is a SAFE place to practice your speaking skills. Our nurturing environment helps you with your fear of public speaking and allows you to progress at your own pace through a program that's helped millions of people like you.
  2. Addison Singles Toastmasters is a PRESIDENT'S DISTINGUISHED club, the highest rating given to a club. This means we meet or exceed 9 of the 10 club goals set by Toastmasters International, including membership growth, officer training, and individual members' achievements.
  3. We're a social group, and do we know how to have fun! Not only are the meetings a lot of fun, we socialize regularly after the meetings and hold parties, dances, dinners, and events throughout the year.

Membership FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
  1. What do I get when I join? You will immediately receive a manual from Toastmasters International that will help you get acquainted with the various meeting duties and the program of speeches. You'll be listed on our membership roster and invited to our social events. The Education officer will ask you how you would like to begin participating in the meetings. Usually, you will start out performing easy, minor duties for a meeting, then work your way into giving your first speech, the icebreaker, within a few months (or sooner if you're adventurous).

    What do you get out of Toastmasters? For me the biggest boost was the courage to speak my thoughts and opinions and courage to ask questions to gain better understanding. Before I joined Toastmasters the role I usually played in team meetings was to accept assignments and to pretty much read status that I had written down. I would hardly ever question a decision or be brave enough to give my opinion on how a situation should be handled. Toastmasters has definitely taught me to think on my feet and to have a better command of the language and has given a great setting to practice speaking in public. The bonds that you build with your fellow toastmasters definitely give you the support and encouragement to keep pushing yourself to break the barriers of fear of public speaking. -- Tom

  2. What does it cost? The monthly dues for both International and Addison Singles Toastmasters club is $9.50. It's payable twice a year ($57.00 each time) in March and October. That's less than a cup of coffee per meeting! For new members, there is a one-time initiation fee. See the dues schedule for full details.
  3. What do I get for my dues investment? You will receive a New Member kit from Toastmasters International that includes a membership certificate, speaking tips and tool lists, and the Communication and Leadership Manual. This manual contains a description of 10 speeches that you'll give at your own pace to earn the distinction of becoming a CC (Competent Communicator). The manual also describes the various duties held during a meeting.
  4. Do I have to live or work in Addison to join? No. We are from all over the metroplex.
  5. Do I have to be single to join? No. The only requirement to join is a fun, positive attitude and a willingness to improve.
  6. If I come to a meeting, do I have to make up my mind about joining that night? No. We recommend you come back a few times so you can get to know our group. You might even want to visit other clubs in the area and find the one that fits you best.
  7. If I join, do I have to attend every week? While there is no requirement to attend every meeting, a Toastmaster's commitment is to attend the meetings regularly.
  8. How long does it take to get on the agenda if I want to give a speech? Our 90 minute format allows for three speakers per week, so there's seldom any wait to get on the agenda. Just contact the VP of Education who manages the duty roster.
  9. What growth opportunities does Toastmasters offer? Toastmasters offers multiple opportunities for growth. You can improve your public speaking skills and your interpersonal communication. You can learn how to work with and be a leader to people from all walks of life, and you can even learn how to run for office and hold high-profile positions. If that's not enough, you can also hone your skills as a professional speaker, competing for the coveted title of World Champion of Public Speaking.
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