Some Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who comes to GGTM Meetings?
GGTM is a very diverse group. Members come from all sorts of backgrounds. We have artists, entrepreneurs, bankers, career coaches, financial planners, high-tech professionals, to name a few. All age groups are represented, and while most of the group are in their 20's, 30's and 40's we even have a couple members who are over 70!

2. What is the format of the meeting
GGTM meetings start promptly at 6pm and last for 2 hours. The meeting has two parts: impromptu speaking in the first half and prepared speeches by selected members in the second half. As a guest speaker, you won't be called on to give a speech, but you will be invited to introduce yourself to the group.

3. How many people attend a meeting?
The meeting sizes vary from one to another. Typically there are between 20 to 30 people at a given meeting.

4. How does GGTM help me to develop my skills?
Each meeting, every member will have a chance to speak in front of people, either with impromptu or scheduled speeches. Members may also develop their leadership skills by serving as club officers.

5. What is the club atmosphere like?
Meetings are friendly and lively with plenty of encouragement and support for each other. You will learn a lot and laugh aplenty as you listen to the stories, experiences, and ideas of fellow members. Expect to make many good friends, and build a strong network when you become part of our club.

6. Can I come along even though I am not a good speaker?
Yes. Many of our members start out very uncomfortable in front of an audience. But with a supportive environment, friendly coaching and excellent role models, most people quickly grow into capable, competent and persuasive speakers. Many of our members speak in their professional lives, and bring back tremendous experience to share with the group.

7. What if English is not my mother tongue?
Our club is comprised of members from all over the world. Many of us speak English as a second or even third language. If you can converse well in English, we invite you to come along. If you are still uncomforatble in conversation, you may prefer some of our sister clubs that cater more to those still learning English.

8. How do I join GGTM?
Membership is open to all, and we invite you to come along and take part in a meeting as a guest. Usually we ask potential members to come a handful of times before we offer membership.

GGTM is the oldest and one of the most active clubs in the Bay Area. Occasionally, there may be a wait to join the club. Usually this is not for much more than a month, but if you are in a hurry to join a club, there are many other great clubs in need of members in the area.

9. How dedicated is a member expected to be?
It completely depends on your own initiative. It is recommended that you sign up for speeches or different meeting roles on a regular basis. The more you put into it, the more you get out of it. After all, everyone in the club wants you to be a successful speaker.

10. What are the fees for membership?
Dues are $58 for 6 months, collected on the 1st of April and the 1st of October. In addition, new members pay a one-time fee of $20 for a new member kit, which will be sent by mail from Toastmasters International within 2-3 weeks of joining. All members receive 'The Toastmaster' magazine from Toastmasters International each month.

New members may join at any time during the year and the fees are pro-rated. Further information and an application packet may be obtained from the President or VP of Membership at any of the club meetings.