Q: Do I have to start speaking as soon as I join a Toastmasters club?
A: One of the nice things about Toastmasters in that you progress through the educational program at your own speed. Members generally start out by taking meeting roles such as Timer or Jokemaster. Some members ask to be on the speaking schedule immediately, but it has been known for a member to wait a year before giving their first speech.
Q: If I can't get on the speaking schedule what can I do?
A: It is the responsibility of the Education team to make sure all members get speaking opportunities. Supreme TD Toasmasters has a goal setting workshop twice yearly when members have a chance to share their speaking plans. If you join at a time when the schedule is already booked up for the coming months, you should prepare a speech and be ready to speak if there is a cancellation. These happens often. You could also ask the Education team to find you an opportunity at another club.
Q: What is the mentoring program about?
A: A mentor is an experienced Toastmaster who has volunteered to help a newer member. It is up to the mentor and mentee to decide between them what the extent of this help will be. It is common for the mentor to help the mentee with his/her first three speeches. If you would like to have a mentor or a mentee, please contact an Education team member.
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