How Much Does Toastmasters Cost?
Toastmasters International is a globally-accepted non-profit organization that offers every individual a great opportunity to build skills in becoming a better presenter, speaker and leader through effective communication.
How much does it cost?
- For new members, a $20 one-time registration fee will apply. After the registration fees are paid, $36 will be due every six months; however, if the club isn’t in a Toastmaster district, the fees will drop to $27 every six months. The costs will be the same across the board in the United States. So whether you’re in Portland, Seattle or Atlanta, as long as you attend a United States club, the fees won’t change. Dues will be due in April and October.
- International members will have to pay $45 every six months.
- There are no fees to attend as a guest.
What is going to be included?
- Included in the membership payment will be two manuals, various educational materials, registration and a name badge.
- You may join and pay the dues as a member, or you can opt to be a guest to see if the flow of lessons is to your liking. During a club meeting, you practice giving prepared speeches as well as brief spontaneous presentations, known as “Table Topics.” The program allows you to improve at your own pace, so there is no pressure for you to give a speech at once if you’re not up to it.
- After warm-ups, usually composed of greeting each other and introduction of new members and guests (if any), prepared speeches follow. Members get to choose their own speech titles, however, in doing so, they must follow a speech project guide from the manual they are currently working on. Each task has specific goals such as improvement with body language or getting comfortable with using audio-visual aids. Last among the sessions are the evaluations.
- Constructive criticism is fundamental to the Toastmasters philosophy. Each time you give a prepared speech, an evaluator will point out strengths and suggest improvements. In Toastmasters, encouragement and progress go hand-in-hand. The club has people who play various roles, such as the “grammarian,” a person who will count words like “uh” and like,” and the “master evaluator,” a person who gives feedback on all of the speakers.
- By learning to effectively formulate, consolidate and express your ideas, you can achieve the success you want. You’ll be more adept and confident with your communication skills.
- These club meetings are typically held weekly for one to two hours. Depending on the club, some held it during mornings, while others do it at night after office hours. But it’s not an obligation to attend every one of these. Most clubs hold its meetings weekly.
- Meetings are often held at colleges, local restaurants or community centers. Today, the club is made up of more than 15,900 clubs in 142 countries.
What are the extra costs?
- Some clubs may ask you to help pay for room rental fees, prizes, gifts, office supplies and food. Every club will have its own miscellaneous expense fund.
Tips to know
- Since it’s not obligatory to be a member at once, it is okay to visit several clubs as a guest to observe before you decide to join the right club for you. In fact, the club recommends you visits a club before committing to a membership.
- You are not required to speak if you attend a club and are welcome to observe as you wish. You will only have to speak when you are ready and comfortable.
- The club doesn’t have an instructor, but instead, officers will be present to facilitate the meeting.
- You need to be 18 years or older to join the club.
- Steve Pavlina breaks down his Toastmasters experience. Even though he quit the club, he noted it was a wonderful educational and social experience.
- You can belong to more than one club; however, if you choose to go this route, you will have to pay dues for each club you join.
How can I save money?
- Some clubs offer exclusive membership to certain employees or vendors because they have discounts. You have to be certain of the club that you want to be in line with. Do a lot of research before joining Toastmasters and make sure that you are joining the right club meet ups.
- There are some clubs that do not have monthly dues for their own miscellaneous expenses, so you may want to consider joining these clubs.
- If your job is related to using good communication skills, you may be able to write the fees off as a tax deduction. Talk with your accountant for more details.