Here’s some Frequently Asked Questions that we get a lot (click on the question to expand the answer):
Q: How does it work? How does the meeting look? What’s up with all those “speeches” and “evaluations”?
The meeting consists of two parts. Part one is the Speaking part. There are manual speeches (usually two), given by our members who prepare them according to the manuals. First basic manual is “Competent Communicator”, which contains ten projects, each being completed in a form of a speech that focuses on some basic skill connected with public speaking, starting with “The Ice Breaker” (where the goal is just to stand before an audience and say something, usually about yourself), and then there are “Organize Your Speech”, “Research Your Topic”, projects about body language, vocal variety, using the visual aids etc. The speeches are prepared by the speakers at home, presented at the meeting and then evaluated.
Then there is the Table Topic Session, where designated Table Topic Master prepares several questions or tasks to be performed on the spot or answered from the top of your head, all connected with the meeting’s theme. This is where we learn impromptu speaking.
And after the break there is the Evaluations part, where everyone who spoke during the meeting gets some feedback – the speakers are evaluated if they achieved the goal of their projects, and everyone is evaluated on the fluency of speech, language correctness and how well we were with time.
You can also always refer to our club’s Event Calendar that shows all the details for the next meeting.
A: Of course you can! :) Our meetings are always open and we welcome every guest willing to join us and see how it works!
A: We don’t have any pre-meeting registration in our club – if you want to join us, simply come to the next meeting and we will make you feel welcome :)
A: Well, that’s what the meetings are all about – speaking. But no need to worry – newcomers and first-time guests won’t be forced to speak if they don’t want to. If you just want to sit and listen – that’s okay!
A: No, our club is English speaking. There is, however, a Polish speaking Toastmasters club in Kraków. You can find out more about them here: http://toastmasterskrakow.eu/ and here: http://www.goldenline.pl/grupa/toastmasters-krakow.
A: We ourselves are far from perfect, believe us. At this point, we don’t have native English speakers in our club, and everyone helps each other to improve their English and we always do that in a very positive manner, so we are only getting better all the time. We are all on very different levels of proficiency, so there is really no need to worry. You can become a great public speaker without being proficient in the language :)
But the benefits for our members are numerous:
- you receive the set of basic manuals: Competent Communicator and Competent Leadership, each containing 10 projects to complete;
- you gain access to a library of free online materials on Toastmasters International site;
- you have the opportunity to start your educational path in our club, performing speeches and completing projects from both educational tracks – Communication and Leadership;
- you can take part in speech and evaluation contests on club and higher levels;
- you receive a montlhy “Toastmaster” magazine, containing articles and materials about public speaking and leadership!
A: No, you can attend our meetings as a guest to see how it works and taste the unique atmosphere of Toastmasters, as many times as you want :) We encourage our guests to take roles on the meetings and even allow to make their first speech, to fully taste the Toastmasters experience before registering as a member!