Glasnevin Toastmasters

Toastmasters Club 5658, Area 22, District 71

What happens at a typical Toastmasters meeting?

A typical meeting comprises the following:

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Topics Session
  • Prepared Speeches
  • Evaluations

The Table Topics section is where all participants can practice their impromptu speaking skills by responding to topics provided by the Topicsmaster. The topics can range from straightforward subject matters such as "Tell us about your favourite book", to more surreal topics such as "What do you think it would be like to be a dolphin?". This is always a very enjoyable and exciting part of the meeting.

There are usually three prepared speeches, with durations ranging from 5 to 15 minutes. While a speaker is at liberty to choose any subject whatsoever for his/her speech, the speech itself must meet certain well defined objectives, chosen to ensure a worthwhile learning experience. The provision of timely, supportive feedback and suggestions for improvement is a feature of Toastmasters meeting. This is provided during the evaluation section of the meeting.

There are several other roles (timer, poetmaster, ah counter, grammarian, wordmaster) which make up a meeting, so it is really true to say that, in Toastmasters, you learn by doing. Why not come along and sample a meeting.