Answers for Visitors – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

We’re delighted that you’re planning to visit Newport Center Toastmasters Club. Please plan to arrive about ten minutes before the meeting starts at 7:00 a.m. so we can welcome you and help you settle in.

What should I expect when I arrive?

We’ll invite you to sign the Visitors’ Book and take a seat. Please don’t hesitate to ask the welcoming club member any questions.

How will I know what’s going to happen at the meeting?

There will be a printed agenda showing the timing and speakers for each portion of the meeting. Some of the roles, such as timer, balloteer etc., will be introduced early in the meeting,so you’ll hear about how each role helps facilitate a successful Toastmasters’ meeting.

Will I be expected to speak?

We do invite all guests to speak during the impromptu speaking portion of the meeting (Table Topics). You have three options. You can:

  • respond to a question about the theme of the day
  • introduce yourself; or
  • decline to speak.

We sincerely hope you won’t decline to speak — Toastmasters is a great place to practice public speaking. The time allocated for Table Topics responses is usually a minimum of 40 seconds and a maximum of one minute.

What happens after the meeting during the Club Business session?

The Toastmasters meeting finishes by 8:25 a.m and is followed by a brief club business session (usually five minutes). Occasionally during a club business session the club members will need to vote to accept a new member to the club. All guests will be asked to wait in the lobby for a few moments while this ‘members only’ vote is discussed. Then you will be invited back into the meeting and the new member or members will be inducted to the club.

What if I want to become a member?

We hope you will decide Newport Center Toastmasters is the right place for you to develop your leadership and speaking skills. Because it takes consistency and commitment to get the most out of the opportunities our club offers, we do require that you attend three consecutive meetings as a guest before you are eligible to become a member. Next, you will be asked to fill out a membership form.

If the club membership is below the maximum allowed of 31 members, club members will vote on your application to join the club. If our club membership is at a maximum we will accept you into the club as soon as an opening becomes available.

If you have additional questions, please contact us, or ask our Club Secretary when you visit.

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