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Visitors' FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

  1. What is Toastmasters?  It's an international non-profit organization dedicated to helping people with their speaking, leadership, and communication skills. Toastmasters can help you lose your fear of public speaking and improve skills you need to advance in your career. You can get started by attending a local Toastmasters meeting.
  2. When is your meeting?  Every Wednesday from 7:00 until 8:30 P.M.
  3. Where is your meeting?  At the La Madeleine Restaurant in Addison. The address is 5290 Beltline Road, Addison, Tx 75240. It's on the south side, across from Neiman Marcus, Prestonwood Mall, and just east of Montfort. Come to the private room in the back. Need directions?
  4. What is the cost?  There is no charge for you to visit a meeting. Ordering a meal from La Madeleine is optional, and about half our attendees eat or drink during the meeting. A meal at La Madeleine ranges from $5.00 to $10.00.
  5. What is the dress?   Casual, business casual, or business dress is satisfactory. Most people arrive from work in business casual dress. Members giving prepared speeches will most likely dress in business dress.
  6.      “For me, Toastmasters made an immediate impact, both professionally and personally.
         I visited several Toastmasters' clubs before joining Addison Singles Toastmasters. I joined AST because the club is large enough to meet different people but small enough to have a family environment.
         Toastmasters allows me to practice mastering a difficult skill, public speaking. I have definitely become a more confident and more effective public speaker. My improvement started very quickly and I became a better speaker right away. It is also important to me that Toastmasters is such a supportive environment to practice public speaking.
         Another great benefit of Toastmasters is social. AST regularly has social outings and our club has fun. I really enjoy the people in AST and developed some great friendships.
         Personally and professionally, joining Toastmasters has been a great experience.” -- P.G.

  7. Will I be called on during the meeting?  Visitors do not have to speak during the meeting. At the very end of the meeting, you will be introduced and we will express our gratitude for you having visited our club. (Willing visitors may participate in the Table Topics portion of our meeting.)
  8. What types of people do you have in your club?  Our members range in age from 20s to 60s, in speaking ability from beginner to advanced, in profession from unemployed to entrepreneur, in origin from numerous countries, and in residence from Dallas to Canton to Sherman and all over the metroplex. Since this is a singles group, most of us are single, but married people are welcome too.
  9. How often do you have social events?  Every week! Please join us for Post-Toasties after the meeting. We hang out, drink, eat, and chat informally to get to know each other better until about 10:30 P.M. every Wednesday. We also have periodic parties, dances, concerts, dinners, movies, and more. Visit our social page for more information.
  10. How many people attend your meetings?  On average, we have 15-25 people attend our meetings each week.
  11.      “In 1995 I developed a comedy routine and entered the International Humorous Speech Contest representing Garland Toastmasters at the area contest. I was taking treatment for cancer and Toastmasters helped me get my mind off myself and to endure the six weeks of daily radiology. Toastmasters liked the comedy so I began to market it and perform it and earn from it.” -- O.M.

  12. How many people do you have in your club?  We average 25-35 members. In our club, there are enough members so that duties are spread among many participants, but not too many so that it is intimidating. We recommend that you join a club that is at least "charter-strength" size (at least 20 members, according to Toastmasters International).
  13. What happens when I first walk in to the meeting?  You will be greeted by a member, asked to sign our visitor roster, and given a name tag. Any questions you have about the meeting will be answered. You'll have a chance to meet and talk with several of our members. Our primary goal is to put you at ease, because we've all been in your shoes, walking into a new club and perhaps seeing a Toastmasters meeting for the first time. By the end of the meeting, most visitors tell us how much fun they had.
  14. What if I have a question that is not answered here?  Email us at or call us at 972-390-0693. We'll get you an answer!

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