Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)
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1. What is our official club name, area and district number?
University of Toronto Engineering Toastmasters (UTET)
Club Number: 00685168
District Number: 60
2. What is Toastmasters?
UTET is one of 13 000 Toastmasters clubs in 116 countries. We're a group of University of Toronto students dedicated to public speaking, effective communication, and leadership. UTET serves U of T students from all disciplines. We provide a welcoming and supportive environment for fellow students to develop their public speaking and leadership skills. By giving prepared and improvised speeches, our meetings are chances to become strong and capable communicators. We meet on a weekly basis (excluding holidays and breaks) for a 2 hour meeting to develop these professional skills.
3. What do we do during meetings?
The meeting comprises of 2 parts, prepared speeches and spontaneous speeches. Prepared speeches are prepared a week in advance and must be notified to the VP of Education within a week’s notice. The topic of the speeches can be of any topic (within reason) but must apply certain speech aspects from the Competent Communicator Manual ranging from Body Language to Vocal Variety. Spontaneous speeches are off-the-cuff speeches lasting 1-2 minutes. The speech topics will be given to you without prior notice until you are on stage. The purpose of this speech is to develop coherent speech skills and become comfortable when speaking in front of an audience.
4. How do I become a member?
Contact any executive of the club and the executive will explain the procedures of becoming a member. You will be required to fill in a membership form and pay the membership fee (cash or cheque).
5. What do I get after becoming a member?
After completing the necessary form and paying the membership fee, you will receive 2 manuals. The Competent Communicator (CC) and Competent Leadership (CL) manual. The 2 manuals both contain a set of 10 projects that each member must complete with his/her time in Toastmasters to receive a Toastmasters International Certificate certifying your competency in communication and leadership.
Being a paid member entitles you to a speech slot or a leadership slot within a meeting. Contact the VP of Education regarding available speech/ leadership slots
6. Toastmasters sounds like a public speaking club, where does the leadership aspect come in?
UTET develops leadership skills by constantly providing opportunities for members to take a more active role during club events. The club events range from our weekly meetings to organizing ballroom events and inter-club competitions. Each event has many roles that develop a variety of skills ranging from creative thought to communication and persuasion skills. If your interested in learning more about leadership opportunities, meet with the executive team to learn more about club opportunities.
7. What is the criterion to become a member?
UTET is open to students, alumni, faculty, and employees of the University of Toronto and its student unions.
8. When are the meetings?
For the Winter 2014 term, UTET will be conducting weekly meetings
Location: BA 3008 (subject to change)
Note: meeting day, time and location will change on a term basis.
The terms are divided into Fall, Winter and Summer terms so do check near the end of term regarding upcoming meeting arrangements.
9. Do I have to become a member to take up meeting roles/ speech slots during the meetings?
Yes, but if you are a guest you are able to participate in the impromptu speeches during the meeting and stand a chance to win the weekly impromptu speech contest.
10. How do I sign up for meeting roles/ speech slots during meetings?
1. Click on this link http://goo.gl/EkUtMx
2. Comment on the meeting role/speech slot, which you are interested in taking (include your CC number and CL number when doing so)
3. Wait for the VP of Education to update the cell and resolve your comment
4. Prepare for your role or speech by reading the manuals and accessing online resources
11. How do I contact the club?
Here are our contact details:
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook : www.facebook.com/UTEToastmasters
Twitter : @UTEToastmasters
12. How much is the membership fee?
Membership fee is determined on a monthly basis and depends on when you start your Toastmasters journey. The fee is 5 dollars per month and terms start from September-December for Fall, January-April for Winter and May-August for Summer.
In addition, for first time members, there is an additional 20 dollar fee for the purchase of the 2 manuals (CC and CL).