What is Toastmasters?
Toastmasters is a club dedicated to helping its members improve their presentation and leadership skills.
There are many Toastmasters clubs all over the world. From a humble beginning in 1924 at the YMCA in Santa Ana, California, Toastmasters International has grown to become a world leader in helping people become more competent and comfortable in front of an audience. The nonprofit organization now has nearly 226,000 members in 11,500 clubs in 92 countries, offering a proven and enjoyable! way to practice and hone communication and leadership skills.
Toastmasters Wikipedia entry: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toastmasters
What is Zotspeak?
A local Toastmasters club that meets at UCI. This club is unique in that we have students, staff, faculty, and off-campus participants.
How much time is required for the club?
On average, 1-2 hours/week. It is not uncommon for new speakers to spend a few hours preparing for each speech in the manual, although some spend less time preparing. Generally you will give a prepared speech every 6 weeks.
You don’t need to attend every meeting. But if you can’t attend most of the meetings, you should consider a different club at a more convenient time. Attendance is *very* important. If you can’t attend, you will not be able to practice and grow your speaking skills.
What about the costs?
$73.75 for the first six months, and then $45.00 each six months thereafter.
The first time $73.55 cost includes:
$20.00 international club new member fee with manuals
$36.00 international club dues
$ 1.55 California tax
$ 9.00 ZotSpeak club dues
$ 7.00 ZotSpeak club new member fee