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Frequently asked questions
frequently asked Questions
Who are the Düsseldorfer Toastmasters?
We are the first Toastmasters Club in Düsseldorf and founded in July 2005. So the club can look back on a proud age. As with all Toastmasters Clubs, the Toastmasters in Düsseldorf also have people from different personal and professional backgrounds and of all ages.
How do I sign up?
Please use our guest registration form so that we can greet you personally and send you directions. You make our planning easier by logging in.
Do I have to bring something to the club evening?
No, you will receive all the documents you need from us.
Is there a dress code?
No, some of our members come to us directly after work and are dressed accordingly.
Are all club meetings the same?
There is a typical course of club meetings that can be found in a similar form in all Toastmasters clubs, so that a Toastmaster can easily find his way around other clubs when traveling. However, every club also has its own culture. Special events such as advanced training lectures on questions of communication and leadership or participation in speech competitions bring variety.
How do I become a member?
By expressing your request to a member of the club board and completing a membership application. Membership begins when the form is signed and the admission and membership fees (see below) have been paid.
What does membership cost?
The Toastmasters in Düsseldorf charge a membership fee of € 96 per half-year, which corresponds to € 16 per month. Membership fees are collected by direct debit in March and September. A one-time fee of € 20 is added to the Toastmaster Starter Package.
What do you get for your money?
After admission, each new Toastmaster receives access to our online learning program "Pathways", which is used to develop basic speaking techniques. This program trains the member step by step in the art of rhetoric. Furthermore, every member receives the magazine "The Toastmaster" once a month with a wealth of stimulating articles on the subject of speech and leadership training. In addition, the membership fees serve to support the local clubs and the further development of the training program.
What obligations do you take on?
As a toastmaster, you only formally assume the obligation to pay membership fees. However, the success of the club is based on mutual help and therefore requires the active participation of the members. We expect regular participation in club meetings, active participation through prepared speeches, assumption of tasks during the meeting, for example speech evaluations, and possibly participation in the club organization within the scope of personal possibilities. There is no compulsory attendance.
How are the rooms equipped?
Our club evenings take place in a pleasant and professional atmosphere. Our club room holds approx. 50 people.
We have our own mobile projector, which we are happy to provide on request.
If you want to give projector presentations from a tablet (iPad or similar), you need an adapter. Our club has two iPad adapters for older and newer connections (Apple 30-pin to VGA or Lightning to VGA). These are available to members. Please inform the presidium in good time, then they will be brought to the club evening.
How do I terminate membership?
Membership can be canceled every six months (March 31 or September 30).
Who is the mentoring program suitable for?
For all Toastmasters members who would like someone to accompany them for their first three speeches and first three evaluation speeches. The mentor can help you to find your way around the club, e.g. by giving tips on which roles the new member could take on at the beginning of a club evening.
Is participation in the mentoring program compulsory?
No, participation in the mentoring program is completely voluntary; however, the program offers many advantages.
What does the mentoring program offer me?
- Exchange of ideas, hints and tips for future speech projects
- Discussion about the speech concept and test appearance before the speech evening
- A second subjective opinion from an experienced toastmaster in addition to the official speech evaluation on the club evening
- Assistance with the other roles played on a club evening, especially evaluating a speech by another club member
The mentoring program can be completely tailored to the needs of the new member, all of the above. Points are optional and further subject areas can be added after consultation with the respective mentor.
I would like a mentor:
Talk to our Vice President Leadership / Mentoring at a club evening.
Does Toastmasters have interests beyond the training program?
No. In particular, Toastmasters is not for profit and does not engage in any religious or political activity.
Who can participate?
Anyone who is at least 18 years old. The program is not only aimed at experienced speakers, but at everyone (and every woman). For club evenings that are held in a foreign language, language skills are sufficient, as they are required in a normal conversation.
How does the program work?
The aim of the club meetings is to give as many members as possible the opportunity to speak. There are different types of speech to be heard. Some Toastmasters will give a prepared talk. This preparation takes place on the basis of "pathways" in which various speech projects with different tasks are described. The title and content of these speeches are optional. However, the tasks, for example a clear structure of the speech or the use of gestures and facial expressions, should be fulfilled. The speakers learn through the preparation phase and the experience of speaking, as well as through feedback from their clubmates. In particular, another Toastmaster appears as the “evaluator”, who describes his own reaction to the lecture in a short speech and gives constructive suggestions for improvement. In addition, compliance with the time limits and the use of language are checked.
Another important item on the agenda of club meetings are impromptu speeches (table topics): A toastmaster presents a series of speech topics and asks individual club members to speak about them impromptu for one to two minutes. The aim of this exercise is to learn to speak in a logical and clearly structured manner without preparation. Toastmasters is not a ready-made product that is easy to use. The success of the program is based on the active participation and organization of the club meetings by the participants. Members who attend regularly improve amazingly quickly and soon take the stage very confidently.
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