Join the Public Speaking Family
At UofT Toastmasters, we aim is to create a supportive environment where everyone can improve their public speaking and leadership skills.
Established in 2004, we used to be UofT Engineering Toastmasters. Since then, UTT has helped hundreds of students rise above their fears, realize their dreams, grow into incredible speakers and live as stronger leaders. We've had many aspiring speakers realize their potential and you can ask about about their success stories in person!
Associated with Toastmasters International, we operate under the general guidelines for a Toastmasters club, but particularly provide a unique experience for our student members.
We are open to all guests and welcome every one to visit our regular meetings.
WHAT WE DO
Preparing for a speech is one of the best ways to ensure you deliver an effective presentation. This is a skill that can be developed over time through practice. There are multiple things to consider when crafting a successful speech. We help break it down for you by providing you with feedback in a friendly and encouraging environment. This creates an effective atmosphere where you can practice this skill and hone in on the specifics of your speech you strive to improve.
Would you like to learn more about how to improve your public speaking skills? Come and listen to one of our educational speeches given by our more experienced members. You can learn through their anecdotes and explanations how to be a better presenter of your ideas. Our members and mentors are always ready and more than happy to provide you with tips which they have learned throughout their public speaking journey.
Take part in our Impromptu challenge section of our meetings and see how well you can improvise. Practice voicing your ideas on the spot and coming up with passionate and strong speeches in a short time. This skill is very important to your future job interviews, your in person communication, and any situation where you are required to give a speech without much preparation. This is the most fun part of our meeting, it is unpredictable and exciting - come and join us improvising!
When do you meet?
We meet once a week during fall, winter and summer semesters, except exam seasons. The detailed meeting schedule is posted on our Facebook page. You can find posts about our weekly meetings and what we've done in them on Facebook. Instagram is where you get to follow who we are, what we believe in, and what we are proud to share as a family. If you want to see some of our speeches, the check out our Youtube Channel
In the mean time, feel free to sign up for our email list on this website, and you will be able to receive our newsletters to update you on our meeting details.
What topic can I speak about?
As a guest, you are welcome to participate in the Table Topics session where you will give a short improvised speech on a randomly chosen topic.
As a member, you will have access to the education program Pathways by Toastmasters International. There are 11 paths for you to choose from, and each path focuses on a specific aspect of public speaking and leadership skills, such as Dynamic Leadership, Engaging Humor, Persuasive Influence, etc. You will receive training materials for each project and deliver speeches to improve your skills.
How can I join?
We are a UofT student club, but we are open to all guests. Everyone is welcome to attend our meetings and join our club.
To get started, visit one of our meetings as a guest. If you would like to join as a member, please let us know at our meeting, on this website or our Facebook page. Our exec members will provide you with an application form and information on membership fees.
The membership fees for Toastmasters International are $60 every six months, and there is a one-time new member fee of $27 CAD. Our club subsidizes membership fees depending on the amount of funding received every year.