We meet on the first and third Wednesday every month at Admaston House Community Centre, Wellington Road, Admaston TF5 0BN at 7.20pm to prepare for a 7.30pm start. Meetings finish by 9.45pm. We never cancel a meeting! Guests are welcome to attend for free.
Guests receive a welcome pack containing information about our club and Toastmasters International as well as a summary of the roles we use at our meetings.
Our meetings begin with a welcome from our President who then introduces the Toastmaster of the evening.
After brief explanations of some of the roles such as grammarian and timekeeper, it’s time for the warm-up where everyone has the opportunity to speak. This is usually an easy question to answer such as your favourite film, earliest memory, that kind of thing, and guests are very welcome to join in if they wish.
Then come the prepared speeches delivered by two or three club members. these are generally each about 5-7 minutes long and are planned to meet particular challenges in the Toastmasters project books. Every speaker has an evaluator who presents their feedback to the meeting, and everyone is encouraged to give the speaker their own feedback.
After the break comes an impromptu speaking session known in Toastmasters as Table Topics. There is usually a theme to the table topics with each speaker being given a particular aspect of that theme to talk about for 1-2 minutes.
Table topics are a great way to improve ‘thinking on your feet’ and are usually very entertaining. All the table topics speakers are evaluated as are the people undertaking roles for the evening. Evaluation is vital for helping us to improve our speaking and listening skills, and the club provides a friendly, supportive and safe environment in which we can practice. The meeting closes with awards for best speaker, table topics speaker, and evaluator.