Benefits of Toastmasters

Toastmasters provides the tools that enable you to become an effective communicator and leader both in business or professional life, and your personal life.

Toastmasters can help you at work:

  • give better sales presentations
  • hone your management skills
  • work better with fellow employees

Toastmasters can help you at home:

  • offer constructive criticism
  • accept criticism more objectively
  • develop self-confidence and poise

Toastmasters in the Community

Toastmasters can help you in the community:

  • conduct effective meetings
  • speak off the cuff on a variety of topics
  • effectively develop and present ideas

You'll enjoy the fellowship of your fellow Toastmasters as you learn how to:

  • research and prepare speeches
  • design and use visual aids
  • tell stories, present awards and introduce speakers

Toastmasters teaches you useful skills

You'll also learn how to:

  • evaluate other speakers
  • mentor and coach fellow club members
  • host and speak at family and social occasions

When you're ready you can challenge yourself by learning how to:

  • organise and run meetings, courses and conferences
  • conduct, judge and participate in speech contests
  • present educational speeches and workshops

Successful Toastmasters are successful in business

Successful New Zealand Toastmasters run their own public speaking businesses, and are some of New Zealand's top performing managers of Call Centres, Financial Managers, Real Estate Agents and Professional Trainers. Others love Toastmasters as a hobby or for personal development and improved self-confidence. Toastmasters come from all walks of life, from university students to retired people, teachers, administrators, recruitment advisors, artists, farmers, poets, surveyors, city councillors and parliamentarians.

Learn with the best, and the rest will be easy! We're all volunteers, helping each other to improve and enjoy life. Whatever your goals or ideals, Toastmasters will help you achieve them.

Joining Toastmasters

Guests are most welcome to visit any Toastmasters Club several times before deciding if you wish to join. When you have decided to wish to join a club, you fill in an application form and pay your fees.

When the club has accepted your application, your fees will be forwarded to Toastmasters International, and you will be officially voted in as a member of the club.

Once you have joined the club, your first speech, an "IceBreaker" will be scheduled as quickly as possible. You will also be invited to participate with other duties to be performed at club meetings such as timekeeper, according to your level of experience.

Membership Fees

There is a one-off new member fee of $US20 on joining the club which goes to Toastmasters International. This covers the administration costs and provision of your first manual. There is also a $US4.50 monthly membership fee and a local club fee payable in advance. The Club Treasurer will be able to tell you what the actual fees are, depending on the month you join the club. For your information, you can download and print theToastmasters Membership Application form (2 page pdf), however the Club's VP Membership or Treasurer will assist you in completing the form and receiving your fees.

Having joined the club there is an on-going six-monthly or annual subscription fee. This pays for the costs of running the club such as hall hire, postage, photocopying, The Toastmasters Magazine and Toastmaster International fees.

For Masterton Club, the six-monthly subs are usually collected in March and September, and for the WOW club an annual subscription is collected in September. Toastmasters fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Visit Toastmasters New Zealand for more information on how to join Toastmasters, and the benefits of joining.

Contact Us

Dial 0800 PEOPLE (736 753) to speak to a local Toastmaster who can help you with any queries.

Email: WOW Club: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Masterton Club: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or use the Enquiry Form on the Toastmasters New Zealand website.

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