What is Toastmasters?
Toastmasters International is a non-profit organisation and world leader in communication and leadership development. The Toastmasters mission is to provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.
Over 300,000 members in over 14,000 clubs across 120+ countries!
I am keen, but don’t want to do this talking thing
The leadership projects are what makes the club run. Somebody leads the meeting (called the Toastmaster), we have a timer, speech evaluators, sometimes somebody looking out for good grammar, etc. All those roles are seen as Leadership roles, and combine prepared and impromptu speaking. Some are easy, like timer, some are more advanced like being the Toastmaster. There is a lot of guidance in the project manuals on what those roles teach you: critical thinking, listening, giving feedback, motivating, etc.
Prepared speeches are pretty much what they say on the tin. These are speeches that you would present about any topic (although the first one you would give is about yourself) and usually last 5 -7 mins. When you join Toastmasters you’ll be given a manual that guides you through giving your speeches and areas to work on in each speech.
How do I get involved?
You are welcome to visit us as a guest before signing up, See more here.
If you are ready to sign up, please fill out this application form and be ready to pay dues, details of this will be communicated upon request.
Is The Toast Rack only for employees of Rackspace?
As we are a corporate club, only Rackspace employees and existing Toastmasters are able to join a session. This is for security and logistics.
If you do not fit this requirement, the official Toastmasters website has a handy search tool to find a club closest to you, check it out by clicking here.
How much does it cost?
Membership fees vary from club to club, this window we charged £35 for 6 months.
Remember when first joining any Toastmaster club, there is an initial £20 setup fee.
This gives you access to any Toastmaster club on the planet, what a bargain!
Where do you meet?
at Rackspace Hosting, 8 Millington Road, UB3 4AZ
See a map here.
How often do you meet?
We meet twice a month, 1st & 2nd Thursdays at 12pm, for an hour.
We occasionally run workshops, which generally start at 6pm.
The Toast Rack meet at times/days/locations I cannot attend, what else can I do?
The official Toastmasters website has a handy search tool to find a club closest to you, check it out by clicking here.
Got more questions? Click here to send us a message.