Q: What is the Pikes Peak Toastmasters Club?
A: Pikes Peak Toastmasters Club is a local Colorado Springs chapter of Toastmasters International, an organization started in the 1920s and is dedicated to helping people develop and improve their public speaking skills.
Q: Do you really meet at 6:44 am?
A: We know it sounds like an odd time, but it gets people's attention and actually helps us get our meetings started on time.
Q: What is a typical meeting like?
A: We work from an agenda created by the Toastmaster for each meeting. We have two or three prepared speeches, a word of the day, a joke of the day, a session of table topics, and oral evaluations of the prepared speeches. We also have awards for the speakers, evaluators, and table topics contestants as voted by the membership.
Q: Isn't Toastmasters just for professional speakers?
A: No, Toastmasters consists of people of various speaking skills who want to improve their speaking, listening, and leadership abilities. Pikes Peak Toastmasters is very diverse, with people from all professions and all walks of life. Our club is open to anyone who has a desire to have fun and improve their speaking abilities.
Q: How do I join in on all this fun?
A: Just come to one of our meetings. Check us out, get to know the members and see how a meeting goes. If it feels like a club you would enjoy, speak to our VP of Membership, and she'll help get you enrolled.
Q: Is Pikes Peak Toastmasters the only club in Colorado Springs?
A: No, but we humbly admit that we are the BEST in district 26!!
Q: How much does it cost to be a Toastmaster?
A: Dues for Pikes Peak Toastmasters are $20 new member fee as a one-time expense and TM International dues of $36 and club dues of $15, both every six months, which covers your basic manual and monthly newsletter.
Q: Are there other events besides the weekly meetings?
A: Yes!. We have club social events that include family members. There are area and district contests, leadership training events, and district and international conventions. There are plenty of opportunities to take part in TM activities at all levels, as a speaker, participant, or just to act as support for a club member competing in a contest.
Q: What kind of speeches would I give?
A: The Toastmasters workbook guides you through ten basic speeches. Each one concentrates on a particular aspect of speaking, such as using voice, gestures, or organization in your speech. The topic is entirely up to you. Subjects that interest you make good speeches.
Q: Where can I get more information about meetings roles and those acronyms I see beside member names?
A: See our glossary under the “Members” section.
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