Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions. Click on the question to see the answer. If you’ve got a question that isn’t answer here get in touch at the contact page.

How soon after joining do I have to do a speech?
How often do I have to do a speech?
What is Toastmasters?
Where is Toastmasters on?
What time does the meeting start and finish is there a break during the meeting?
How long is the Loughrea Toastmasters running?
Who founded Toastmasters and why did he set it up?
Do I need to bring anything with me to the meeting?
Is there many Toastmasters Groups nearby?
Can I go to them if I am a member of Loughrea or do you need to be a member first?
Do I have to speak when I am a guest there?
When I do my first speech can I use notes?
What do I speak about for my Icebreaker speech?
How long does my first speech need to be?
How will I know my time is up?
What is Pathways?
Is Pathways easy to use?
How much is it to join Toastmasters?
Why do I pay at the door if I am already a member?
Is there someone I can ask for advice when putting a speech together?
When should I do a role?
When are the speech contests?
Who can enter a speech contest?
Are the roles the same for a contest as a meeting?

How soon after joining do I have to do a speech?
That’s totally up to you but we’d recommend you do it as soon as possible to begin your Toastmasters journey.

How often do I have to do a speech?
With Toastmasters you can drop in and out of the educational pathway so how often you do a speech just depends on how quickly you want to work through your pathway.

What is Toastmasters?
That’s a big one to answer so it has it’s own page here.

Where is Toastmasters on?
Our club meets every other Monday in the Loughrea Hotel & Spa and dates of the meeting can be found here.
There are also three other clubs in the area: Galway, Tuam and Oranmore.

What time does the meeting start and finish is there a break during the meeting?
We start precisely at 8pm, finish at 10pm and have a break for refreshments in the middle.

How long is the Loughrea Toastmasters running?
Our first meeting was in November of 2017 and we chartered as a club in 2018.

Who founded Toastmasters and why did he set it up?
You can reader a statement from our founder, Martin Foran, here.

Do I need to bring anything with me to the meeting?
Just yourself and €7 for the cover charge.

Is there many Toastmasters Groups nearby?
There are three other clubs in Galway and clubs all up and down the country. To find the club closest to you click here.

Can I go to them if I am a member of Loughrea or do you need to be a member first?
As a member of one club you can visit and give speeches at any club around the world.

Do I have to speak when I am a guest there?
Only if you want to. There’s no pressure.

When I do my first speech can I use notes?
You can use notes at any stage! Even the best speakers use notes.

What do I speak about for my Icebreaker speech?
You. Your ice breaker is an introduction of yourself to the club and it’s the one subject your know the most about.

How long does my first speech need to be?
Your first speech, the Ice Breaker is 4-6 minutes. You can find out more here and download the details of the project.

How will I know my time is up?
There are lights at the back of the room and on the night of the meeting the “Timekeeper” will tell you how it works.

What is Pathways?
Like “What is toastmasters” this is a big question so it has its own page. Read it here.

Is Pathways easy to use?
It can be daunting to use it the first time but the more you use it the easier it gets. If you’re struggling we have mentors who can help you.

How much is it to join Toastmasters?
Currently it’s €50 for six months and €90 for the year.

Why do I pay at the door if I am already a member?
We change €7 on the door to cover the cost of the room hire refreshments.

Is there someone I can ask for advice when putting a speech together?
Yes. You can have a mentor who’ll help you with your Toastmasters journey.

When should I do a role?
Doing roles is essential to your Toastmasters journey and to help your club run a meeting so the sooner you take on a role the better for both you and the club.

When are the speech contests?
Twice a year. October/November and March/April.

Who can enter a speech contest?
The rules for the contest change every season. You can see the current rules here.

Are the roles the same for a contest as a meeting?
Mostly but there are a few changes. We introduce judges and some roles double up to make sure everything is above board. All the roles needed are in the rulebook.