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. For more information, see the Toastmasters website: www.toastmasters.org or Toastmasters Wikipedia entry: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toastmasters
What is ZotSpeak?
ZotSpeak is 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, members spend 1-2 hours per week at the meeting and in preparation. It is not uncommon for new speakers to spend several hours preparing for each speech in the manual, although some spend less time. You can expect to give approximately one prepared speech every 6 weeks. You are not required to attend every meeting. However, if you can’t attend most of the meetings, you should consider a different club at a more convenient time. Attendance is *very* important. Attending the meetings gives you the opportunity to practice and grow your speaking skills.
How much will it cost?*
You will pay $83.55 for the first six months, and then $45.00 each six months thereafter. The first time $83.55 cost includes:
- $20.00 international club new member fee with manuals
- $45.00 international club dues
- $ 1.55 California tax
- $ 9.00 ZotSpeak club dues
- $ 8.00 ZotSpeak club new member fee
*subject to change