Frequently Asked Questions

  1. About Rainbow Toastmasters
  1. Experience Rainbow Toastmasters
  1. Becoming a Member



About Rainbow Toastmasters

What is Rainbow Toastmasters?

Rainbow Toastmasters welcomes gay, lesbian, transgendered and gay positive individuals. Our group is made up of about 25 people who meet once per week to improve their communication and leadership skills. Members learn by speaking to groups and working with others in a supportive environment. We have a rich history and relationship with Toronto’s LGBT community.

How does Toastmasters work?

Start by visiting Rainbow Toastmasters as a guest. You will be able to see firsthand how our club works and find out if the club is right for you. Although we are confident that you will find our club to be a friendly and supportive learning environment, we encourage guests to visit other clubs.

When you are ready to become a member at Rainbow Toastmasters, the group will vote whether to invite you into the club. Once voted in, you will receive your educational manuals. The beauty of the Toastmasters public speaking program is that all of our members work at their own pace. How fast or slow you progress through the program is up to you.

How will Toastmasters help me?

Through participation in Rainbow Toastmasters, our members learn to speak effectively, conduct a meeting, manage a department, lead, delegate, and motivate! You may notice many things as you progress through Toastmasters program:

  • Increased confidence in your public speaking skills.
  • Improved presentation skills that will win you the respect and admiration of your peers.
  • The ability to inform, to entertain, and to inspire others
  • Clear and confident communication.
  • A group of fun and social LGBT-positive friends (hey, that’s us!)
  • and more!

Experience Rainbow Toastmasters

What happens during a typical meeting?

A typical meeting consists of 2-3 members presenting prepared speeches, followed by a brief session of impromptu speaking (called Table Topics).  At end of the meeting, we give each other feedback on the prepared speeches.

Are guests welcome?

Guests are always welcome to join our club for one of our weekly meetings. Please let us know when you will visit so we can keep an eye out for you.

I am a guest. Will I be asked to speak?

No. You are invited to attend and observe the meeting and won’t be expected to speak. At some point during the meeting, you may be invited to speak, but this is entirely optional.

Is there a dress code?

No. There is no formal dress code. Members wear what they like!

Do I have to attend every meeting?

No. While we prefer you attend every meeting, it is OK to miss the occasional meeting.

Help! I am nervous and I don’t think I can be a Toastmaster.

Hey! We have all been there. Every member has experienced the public speaking jitters – and some members continue to feel nervous when speaking in front of an audience. The good news is that, through Rainbow Toastmasters, you will learn how to transform that nervous energy into sheer confidence.

Becoming a Member

Is membership open to everyone?

Yes! Anyone age 18 and over can become a member of Rainbow Toastmasters.

I really like Rainbow Toastmasters. How do I join?

When you feel ready to join the club as a new member, please reach out to us during one of our meetings.

What happens when I become a member of Rainbow Toastmasters?

All new Toastmasters follow the some general process to join their club:

  • Your application and payment will be sent to Toastmaster International.
  • The Club will have a formal vote to approve your membership.
  • You will receive a New Member Kit. The kit will be mailed to your address, and should arrive in a couple of weeks. The New member Kit includes the ‘Communication and Leadership Program’ booklet. This booklet will guide you through your first ten speeches. Each speech will teach a new skill that you will need to master to become an effective speaker.
  • You will be assigned meeting roles for each weekly meeting. All members are free to work at their own pace. Please talk to the meeting role scheduler about which meeting roles you would like to learn.
  • You will be assigned a mentor to assist you to with learning to prepare for meeting roles and your prepared speeches. Please talk to the VP of Education in order to be assigned a mentor.
  • You will be assigned a date for your ‘Ice Breaker’ speech, so you can improving your communications skills as soon as possible. The scheduler will assign dates for all of your speeches, so please talk to the scheduler about how fast you would like to progress through your first ten speeches.

Remember, how fast or slow you progress through the program is up to you!