Frequently Asked Questions

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Where and when do you meet?

Where: at Freemasons’ Hall (Lodge Room 17), 60 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5AZ

When: Every Thursday morning at 07:05am
Except around Christmas – check dates on “Home” page..

HOW DO I GET THERE?

See the “Location” page for a map and multiple travel options.

DRESS CODE?

None! Just be respectable please.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

By regular participation in meetings, you will learn how to:

  • present your ideas with confidence
  • think on your feet – and speak spontaneously
  • run effective meetings
  • listen and observe to provide positive feedback

Come along to the next meeting – seeing and experiencing the programme is the best way to understand how it works.

WHAT’S DIFFERENT ABOUT EARLY BIRD SPEAKERS?

Whilst Early Bird Speakers follows the proven Toastmasters International format, we are one of only four London clubs that meet in the mornings. Our specific aims are to:

  • make the Toastmasters International experience available as a snappy, brief and action packed meeting – running to a tight schedule, rather than imposing on an entire evening.
  • encourage members to involve themselves in networking before the formal meeting and afterwards over a scrumptious breakfast.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

No charge to attend as a visitor or guest. Membership of Early Bird Speakers and thus of Toastmasters International is £60 for every six months with a one-off enrolment fee of £30 (including manuals). There’s no obligation to join although you won’t be eligible to present prepared speeches until you’re a member.

WHAT ARE THESE MANUALS?

The initial manual contains your first ten speech projects that increase in complexity during your first year or so as a Toastmaster. You’ll also receive manuals on projects in leadership skills; use of vocal variety and body language as well as evaluation techniques.

HOW MANY PEOPLE ATTEND THE MEETINGS?

We expect the meetings to attract 40-60 people per session.

WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE JOIN?

Toastmasters International attracts a wide variety of members. At Early Bird Speakers our members are mostly business professionals and academics who are keen to develop their skills before a normal working day. We have novice speakers and professional speakers who learn much from each other.

WHAT IS TOASTMASTERS?

Founded in 1924, Toastmasters International is a worldwide not-for-profit network of clubs with a practical formula that enables the development of members’ communication and leadership skills, building self confidence in the process. It is the largest and most successful organisation of its type – led by the members for the members – with more than a quarter million members of around twelve thousand clubs in more than a hundred countries.

HOW DO I JOIN?

Just come along to the next meeting. You’ll discover far more from seeing us in action than you’ll learn here on the web. It’ll cost you £nothing to attend. The Club is open to everyone over the age of 18 years. There’s a simple application process BUT as we limit our membership to fifty members there’s currently a short list of aspiring members.

Our Club Mission
To provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment to foster self-confidence and personal growth where every member can develop communication and leadership skills. Join Us!