New Member Orientation

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Member Orientation – Last update January 2017

This document is intended to help all existing and new members to be familiar with the Toastmaster system and to take advantage of the build in resources. If you belong to Extreme or View Masters, ask your VP Membership about the DropBox.

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If you have other questions, contact the headquarter 949-858-8255 and ask for membership

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* All events are free to attend except indicated.  Must register on line. Meals are not included.

If you plan to compete, it is a good idea to attend the judge training so that you know what to look for. If you don’t plan to compete, get trained as a judge will help representing your club. You will also learn the judging system.

To download the guideline for your first speech project, IceBreaker, click here.

Your membership kit includes: Competent Communication (CC) Manual; Competent Leadership (CL) Manual; Login ID;

There are 3 free digital manuals: Your Speaking Voice, Gestures: Your Body Speaks & Effective Evaluation. See DropBox or download here,

As a member, you are one of the 292,000  Toastmasters among 14,350 clubs in 122 countries. There are hundreds of clubs in the Greater Chicago Area to visit.

  • Your membership entitled you to visit any open Toastmaster Clubs, worldwide.
  • You are encouraged and welcomed to visit other clubs. For Chicago Area, click
  • To find a club that fits your time and location,
  • Email the club with your request to visit, especially if you wish to be a guest speaker. Some clubs reserve the speaking slots to their members only. Then again, some clubs really welcome guest speakers.
  • Download and bring yourAmbassador Form to the club you visit. Ask a club officer to autograph. When you submit 3 visits, you will earn the Club Ambassador title.
  • Always bring your manual booklets  with you. You never know when you could get extra credits.
  • Reciprocate the favor by inviting them to visit your home club. Ideas get exchanged. Friendship are formed. Networking are improved.


Best Practices

  • Do schedule your first project, the IceBreaker as soon as you can so that the members get to know you.
  • Read the guidelines in the project description. Ask your club mentor for suggestion.
  • Pick a topic that you know well and passion about, e.g. photography, travel, or about work. Use this topic as the main theme for all your speaking projects so that you don’t have to spend time on writing a new speech each time.
  • Great speeches are redeliver and polish. Do incorporate the feedback you have received and redeliver the speech again in the following project, with emphasis on the new elements, e.g. gesture, vocal variety.
  • Toastmasters is about helping yourself by helping other. Give others feedback will train your own analytical thinking and listening skill.
  • When you are not delivering a speech, step up to be the Toastmaster of the Day, be the Table Topic Masters, Timers, Grammarian, etc. You will get credit in your Competent Leadership (CL) Manual and be a better speaker by performing those roles. This is a well thought out system. It takes a village to run a meeting. All members are encourage to step up.

Established in 1924 by Dr. Ralph C. Smedley, Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. Renown members have included Napoleon Hill and Mrs. Fields; from politicians to professional speakers; from authors to astronauts. Toastmaster members are truly diverse and International.

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