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I'd like to find out more, whats the next step?
You can either email us via the ‘contact us’ page, or even better, come to our next meeting (listed under Meeting Dates) as a guest.
Do I need to reserve a place to come as a guest?
Not at all. Simply come along, bring a friend if you like, and you will receive a warm welcome. Enjoy the speeches, and at the interval, you can have a tea or coffee and mingle with other guests and club members. Our aim it to provide a fun and informal environment in which we can all improve our communication skills.
If I decide to join, how much will it cost?
Toastmasters is a non-profit making organisation. All fees collected are used to pay for the club overheads and running costs only. As a result, the fees are very low at just £60 for six months membership. However, for new members, there is an additional £15 charge for a welcome pack, which includes all the necessary manuals and guide. This is a mere fraction of the costs associated with attending commercial public speaking courses and programmes, which can often cost hundreds, or even thousands, of pounds.
What do I gain by being a member?
As a member, you will:
• get the opportunity to present prepared speeches, and take on speaking roles at meetings
• improve your organisational and leadership skills by taking on committee roles
• get training manuals that needed to help you become a better speaker and leader
• receive a monthly magazine from Toastmasters International
• be assigned a mentor (if you want one), who will help and guide you to achieve your goals
• be able to take part in two international speech contests every year, which start at the club level, then go onto the area, district, regional and international levels, finally culminating with the World Championship of Public Speaking in the USA
Why Join Trojan Speakers?
Research shows that public speaking is one of our biggest fears. The very prospect can terrify us, and even make us physically ill. Yet usually at some point in our lives, we will need to speak in front of others. It may be at a formal interview, giving a work presentation, chairing a difficult meeting, or making a humorous speech at a wedding. Sometimes, how we perform on these occasions can have a huge impact on our lives: it may even be a make or break situation. There is no better way to conquer fears of public speaking than joining a Toastmasters' Club.
Trojan Speakers member Hazel:
Communication is a powerful skill that can assist you in all aspects of your life. There are some people that just seem to be able to get up and speak eloquently without showing any fear or nervousness. Well I wasn’t one of them! And that is the reason I decided to join Trojan Toastmasters Club. It was the first step towards overcoming my great fear and developing my confidence in public speaking. The all empowering realization that I wasn’t alone, made such a huge difference in my attitude and confidence towards getting up there and communicating! It wasn’t easy, I had to step out of my comfort zone and confront my fears. I set my own pace and have gone from strength to strength. The warm, supportive and ‘safe’ environment of the club has also played a major role in my development over the past three years. I would certainly recommend this to my friends, family and colleagues, should they wish to improve on their communication skills. It can change lives!
Trojan Speakers member Roshan:
I joined Trojan Speakers to get over my stage fright. At work I was the last person to volunteer to do any presentation. Even in a company meeting, I always dreaded the moment when it came to my turn to speak. Then a friend recommended me Toastmasters. When I went to my first meeting, I found the members to be very friendly and relaxed. They were very supportive. I went there expecting I will be the only novice out there. But there were quite a few like me. So I felt a sense of belonging right from the start. I can still remember the day I gave my first ever prepared speech - the nervousness I felt before the speech and the feeling of achievement I felt after the speech. The audience were very supportive. I was hooked in. I took every opportunity to be on the stage. A few months later, my stage fright was gone. Last year I delivered my 10th prepared speech and got my Competent Communicator award. I am so proud of my achievement. I am much more confident speaker now, even my self confidence has rocketed. I would recommend Toastmasters to anyone interested in improving their communication skills.