Freethought Toastmasters HYBRID
Join us for our first in-person meeting in over a year! We are going to try a hybrid meeting and see how that goes, but we expect most participants to be there in person. For those wishing to join us on zoom, please use this zoom url: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8958155387?pwd=M3orN0ZKeXBMQ2lZMGI2eW9obkNsZz09
You’re invited to attend Freethought Toastmasters (http://freethought.toastmastersclubs.org/), a club of Toastmasters International (http://www.toastmasters.org/). Build your leadership and communication skills in a supportive, freethinking environment; a place where you will find familiar faces you know from Minnesota Atheists. (most club members do not RSVP on Meetup since they attend most meeting and coordinate through the ‘Toastmaster’ of the evening if they cannot attend, so don’t let the low RSVP numbers dissuade you from attending)
We open the party room at 6:00 PM for socializing before the meeting. We encourage zoom participants to join the meeting between 6:15 and 6:25 to socialize and iron out any technical issues. Use the meeting url to access the meeting, this will allow you to join via your computer or smartphone zoom app and will use your devices built in speakers/microphone/video. Message us or comment below if you need the call-in alternative.
• 6:00pm – The party room opens for in-person attendees
• 6:15pm – Join the Zoom meeting for a pre-social
• 6:30pm – Freethought Toastmasters Business Meeting
~6:40pm – Toastmaster calls the meeting to order
~6:50pm – Scheduled Speeches
~7:25pm – Table Topics: impromptu speaking opportunity
~7:40pm – Evaluations
~7:55pm – Closing
• 8:00pm – Meeting Ends, optional post-social, a meal is provided to in-person attendees
The roles for this meeting are as follows:
Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. While in many other Toastmaster Clubs the culture deters any mention of religion, so atheists feel guarded and often stay “in the closet,” this club provides not only training in public speaking, but also continuous education in topics of interest to atheists.
This club offers the opportunity to talk about a wide range of topics. We welcome people of all worldviews, but of course our members tend to be non-religious. We take current events seriously, but our politics range from capitalist to socialist, from liberal to conservative. Our ages run from the 20s to the 60s (and beyond).
If you decide to join, you can learn to be a better, more confident speaker. No matter what our worldviews, we are committed to mutual respect, tolerance, honesty, encouragement and constructive criticism. If you become a member, you will have the opportunity to prepare and deliver speeches regularly, and receive constructive evaluations of your speeches. It’s a great place to become comfortable as a speaker. With the help of other members, we learn to prepare and present effective speeches on a wide range of topics from humorous to serious. We also learn to think fast during our “Table Topics” sessions (impromptu speeches). We never know quite what to expect from our speakers, but we can always count on an interesting evening together.
As a club of Toastmasters International, we charge the standard rate with no additional club dues. To join Toastmasters, it costs $45 per six months (prorated depending on when you join) plus a $20 new member fee. The new member fee pays for the educational program and the general membership fee pays for district events (local educational sessions for the greater Toastmasters community), general overhead, and a Toastmasters magazine members can opt to receive in the mail.