Quick Answers to Common Questions About Blue Ridge Toastmasters

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What is Toastmasters?

Toastmasters International is an organization founded in 1924 to serve its members in improving their communication skills. There are now approximately 13,000 clubs worldwide.

About our club:

The Blue Ridge Toastmasters Club was founded in 1991 and has met continuously since then. Our meetings take place at 8:30 AM each Monday morning in the Sigma Alpha Iota building on Tunnel Road in Asheville, NC.

Describe the format of a meeting:

A typical meeting includes three prepared speeches delivered by club members. Those speeches are evaluated by other members in the same meeting. Those who are not speaking or evaluating have the opportunity to speak off the cuff on a variety of subjects. We give each member the chance to speak in some capacity at each meeting. All of the roles in the meeting rotate among the members.

How is the Blue Ridge Toastmasters Club different?

Every Toastmasters club has its own personality, created by the members and their interests. While some clubs are formal in nature, Blue Ridge strives to maintain a light and friendly atmosphere. At the same time, we are a high-performing club, having reached the highest level of Toastmasters International recognition for four straight years.

May I attend as a guest?

Guests are always welcome to drop in and observe our meetings at any time. In fact, we encourage anyone considering Toastmasters to visit several clubs. There are a number of clubs in the Asheville area, each with a different personality and meeting time. If you are interested in joining one, there will be one with the style and the meeting time that best suits you.

Do I need to be an experienced speaker to join your club?

Our members have a wide range of speaking skill and experience. That said, we each joined the club because there were aspects of our speaking that we wanted to improve. Whether you are a polished speaker or a raw novice, you will find that getting practice and feedback in Toastmasters will help you improve from wherever you are.

Specifics of visiting our club:

We meet at the Sigma Alpha Iota building on Tunnel Road. When you drive through the tunnel from downtown that is the very first building on the right, before Papas and Beer. Our meetings begin promptly at 8:30 AM and last for 70 minutes. You may come as a guest without notifying us any Monday besides holdidays. As a guest we suggest that you come by 8:15 in order that we may greet you and orient you as to our meeting. We don’t ask guests to speak in the meeting but do appreciate feedback following the meeting.

Details on becoming a member:

Toastmasters is one of the great educational bargains available to you. A membership only costs $45 per six months. There is a one-time material charge of $20 when you join, which covers the materials every new member receives. Those materials include a manual with ten speaking projects to work on, each one concentrating on one aspect of speaking .

We are happy to answer any questions you might have about Toastmasters in general or our club in particular. There is more information available at www.blueridgetoastmasters.com. There will be a phone number on the web site of our current membership officer to call with any further questions.

We look forward to hosting you as a guest at one of our meetings and are confident that, once you see how we run things and how much fun we have, you will want to join us as a member of our Blue Ridge Toastmasters Club.