are you a member of Toastmasters?

@Cutie18f (9563)
Philippines
November 24, 2012 3:00pm CST
Once, I wanted to be a member of Toastmasters because I wanted to improve my speaking skills. I did attend meetings at first and had made some initial payment but stopped for various reasons. One, I thought the annual fee is just too much for me, second, the so-called seasoned members were not really that impressive as speakers, and third, the aspiring members (including myself) were not really perfect models of good speech so I thought I would not be learning much or improving much if I'd hear the same speakers every time. In fact, I did not want to be influenced by their way of speaking so I decided to quit. Have you ever tried joining an organization like the Toastmasters? Share your experience, please.
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@dream_ozn (1758)
• Singapore
24 Nov 12
Hi, I've heard about Toastmasters before. I'm currently in Singapore, where are you residing? Firstly, i would like to ask how much is their monthly fee? I did not join toastmasters but it seems like there are some negative reviews out there. In singapore, the organisers seemed to organised party and then seemed to have discriminated against a certain race or something. I can't really remember the exact detail. However, they had a bad press i think it affected them. Cutie, i think if you want to learn how to speak better or how to carry yourself better in public speaking, there are many sites and many tips for your to look for online. Maybe you can try to give it a search online first? Futhermore, if you want to develop your own style of speaking, then i think you have to try to learn yourself. Go to new parties where you don't know anybody and try to speak to them. i think this is one very good way of improving your speaking skills.
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
24 Nov 12
Hi Dream! Thanks for your helpful suggestion, yes, in fact I am going to two parties today because it is our town fiesta and I will see what I can do with regards to this issue. I am in the Philippines and I think the membership fee here is something like Php 2,500 plus other fees which members are asked to pay.
@dream_ozn (1758)
• Singapore
24 Nov 12
Hi, That's really cool. go enjoy yourselves at the parties and meet some new friends! Definitely, many usually charge a fixed membership fee then after that say we have to pay many other types of fees like maintenance fee and stuffs. i think you will be able to do a good job today! Best of luck:)
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
24 Nov 12
Thanks, Dream,I will.
@laydee (12814)
• Philippines
25 Nov 12
I did try out Toastmasters for a while, but unlike you experience mine was completely different. The team or group I joined in was doing it for a lot of years and therefore, were actually "experts". The experience was too overwhelming for me, a neophyte and a fresh college grad, and the age-gap was so extreme most of them were my grandparents' friends! Though the experience was short, I have greatly learned a lot of things there and some I have been applying myself. I do wish I could find another group with the same age as me so that things would be a lesser awkward. Yet, these days my schedule is too tight, thus, I guess I need to postpone such an endeavor but hopefully wouldn't remain a dream forever. Have a great mylot experience ahead!
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
25 Nov 12
It seems like a good group. You can always go back to it one of these days, Laydee.
• Philippines
25 Nov 12
I have only heard about the Toastmasters through my dad, who was once a member. He told me how members were not allowed to say "uuhm..", stuff like that, and how you are fined a fee each and every time you do. My dad is already a retired hotel executive but he continues to do a lot of lectures, presentations, and speech-making...for his church organization, during guest lectures in school, for his foundation catering to persons with autism, and many others. He may not be the best speaker/lecturer there is, but my dad is GOOD! No biases here. He is really engaging.
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
25 Nov 12
Well, did he learn how to be an engaging speaker from Toastmasters? Or did he have that skill in him already?
@Angelpink (4023)
• Philippines
25 Nov 12
Thanks for informing us about this Toastmaster. Honestly , this is my first time to know and encounter this thing. So now i know there is such thing as this , and am glad it is a non profit organization . I am so sure this can be of great to other people but you quited and there is a payment for this ? I have read somewhere that this is non profit organization so therefor it is for free but it's not. It might be good that you quited for it is so hard to do a thing if you no longer believe on it.
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
25 Nov 12
Well, I have some acquintances who are member so of the toastmasters club in our areal. I personally know that they are indeed good speakers and are good hosts. Perhaps it depends on what area your are and with kind of member they have. Certainly in our area, they area really something worth listening to. Though I have not joined the club because I have not found the time to do so as I am always busy with work. Well, I do a lot of talking since I conducting training all the time and that's the initial reason why I have the interest on the club. Since there is not time for me, I just practiced on my own, and did a lot of reading on effective presentation as well as practicincing in front of the mirror to see what things in need to improve. Now it has been ten years that i do training and I think, I am fairly good at it already.