FAQ about Toastmasters and the Greater Davison Area Toastmasters

Frequently Asked Questions

How many times can I visit before joining?

We welcome visitors and hope they will join immediately. To be fair to paying members, we limit the number of times someone can visit and participate before joining to three times. An exception is special events when members may bring a special friend or family member.

Who can become a member?

A member must be at least 18 years of age. Guests who wish to join are voted into our club. If members display disruptive or inappropriate behavior, GDAT reserves the right to vote them out of the club.

What do I wear to a meeting?

Some members come directly from work and may even wear a uniform. We do not adhere to a strict dress code, but we strive to keep a professional atmosphere. Business casual is the norm.

What if I have to miss a meeting?

Meetings provide benefits you cannot gain unless you attend. Of course, life happens, and all members miss meetings. If you are scheduled for a role, please notify the Toastmaster and General Evaluator for that meeting as soon as possible, so our meeting can flow smoothly with your replacement.

How will I know if a meeting is cancelled?

In-person meetings are cancelled when Davison schools are closed due to weather. If unforeseen events occur (like lack of electricity), we will notify members by email and/or phone as soon as possible, as well as post it on the website.

What is the cost to join Toastmasters?

Toastmasters is a nonprofit organization funded by reasonable dues and materials fees. You can find out more information about the dues for the Greater Davison Area Toastmasters on our membership page or by speaking with the VP of Membership.

How can Toastmasters help me personally and professionally?

We offer limitless opportunities to improve communication and leadership skills. Members work through a proven educational program. We practice in a safe and supportive environment where evaluators provide helpful feedback. Toastmasters is a respected organization and looks good on a resume. More information about the benefits of Toastmasters can be found here.

What is the Pathways Program?

Pathways is an exciting, flexible and interactive way to develop your skills and help others in your club develop theirs. Pathways helps you learn communication and leadership skills that you need to succeed. You can learn more about the different paths offered here. 

How do I use Zoom to join the online meetings?

Zoom is a free program that you can install on your computer or phone. All you need is a microphone and a camera on your device, which most devices have anyway. Click the meeting link on the device you want to connect with, and you’ll be able to join the meeting. To mute yourself when you are not speaking, click on the microphone icon near the bottom of the screen. When it turns red and has a slash through it, you are muted. 

Are you new to Toastmasters?

If you are new to Toastmasters and would like to visit us at the Greater Davison Area Toastmasters, we’d love to have you be our guest. We’ve prepared a visitor’s guide to help you know what to expect. If you have any questions we haven’t answered on this website, please don’t hesitate to reach out. 

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