Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Updated September 2, 2015.

What is Toastmasters?
Toastmasters International is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving their members' communication and leadership skills. A worldwide network of clubs, Toastmasters International has expanded from one club in California in 1924 to thousands of clubs in 126 countries. For more information, please visit the Toastmasters International website.

What is a typical meeting at Kwantlen Toastmasters like?
At Kwantlen Toastmasters, we offer a safe, positive, and fun environment in which you can develop your communication skills. At each of our meetings, we practice public speaking through presenting impromptu ("Table Topics") and prepared speeches, providing feedback to these speeches to our fellow Toastmasters, and participating in discussion sessions on various topics.

What is a "Table Topics" speech?
A Table Topics speech is a two-minute speech on a randomly or thematically-assigned topic. It's an opportunity for everyone - guests and members alike - to speak at our meetings, as well as an opportunity to practice thinking and speaking coherently in impromptu situations.

When and where do you meet?
We meet every Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7:00pm on KPU Surrey campus, in Fir 240

How do I join?
Drop by one of our meetings and see if we're right for you! If you decide to join Kwantlen Toastmasters, simply ask our Vice President Membership for a membership form to fill out and return to the club, along with your membership dues.

How do I pay my club dues?
Kwantlen Toastmasters accepts cash and credit cards as payment. Talk to our Treasurer or Vice President Membership for more information on the payment process, including current club dues. If you are a KPU student, you may be eligible for full reimbursement of these dues under the Student Educational Enhancement Fund (SEEF) program - for more details on SEEF, ask our Treasurer.

Does it cost anything to attend club meetings?
There are no fees to attend our meetings as a guest.

Why should I join Kwantlen Toastmasters?
There are many reasons why you should join Kwantlen Toastmasters! The most obvious benefit of Toastmasters is that it helps you improve your communication skills, which can help you become a better presenter and a more successful person. Another benefit of Toastmasters is the opportunity it gives you to take leadership roles, including the opportunity to become a club executive. Finally, Toastmasters is a great place to meet new people in a welcoming, friendly and supportive environment.

How frequently do I have to attend?
You can attend as many or as few times in a month as is convenient for you. However, the Toastmasters training program works best when you are fully committed to achieving concrete, timely goals related to it. If you want to learn more about the Toastmasters training program and how our club can support you in reaching your Toastmasters goals, drop us a line or come to one of our meetings and ask for our Vice President Education.