Frequently Asked Questions

We meet three times a month – onsite and online! Our general meeting schedule is as follows:

Onsite meetings: Every first and third Tuesday of the month, 7.30 pm to 9.30pm, at St. Lukas-Kirche, Bernburger Straße 4-5, 10963 Berlin. (look out for the signs at the door). Doors open at 7:15 pm for warm-up-chats. After the meeting, we hang out at the bar across the street. You are welcome to join us too. 

Online meetings: Our online meeting is every second Tuesday of the month, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Zoom-Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/595001287 Virtual doors open at 7:15 pm for warm-up-chats and a short welcomeYou can check our meetup or eventbrite for exact dates and more info.

 

No, it’s not necessary. You can just come by. However, if you’d like, you can optionally let us know on our meetup or Eventbrite that you plan to attend. This helps us estimate the number of guests we can expect. If you’re unable to do so, no worries—just come by.

No, you don’t have to. Just show up, participate, and have fun! Guests will have the opportunity to speak on stage, but if you prefer not to, that’s perfectly fine.

Splendid speeches, cool people, and an enriching experience!

Our meetings are essentially divided into three sections in the following order:

  1. Prepared Speeches: 3-4 members deliver prepared speeches, typically lasting 5-7 minutes.
  2. Table Topics: Members and guests (optional but encouraged) give small, improvised speeches lasting 1-2 minutes.
  3. Evaluations: Feedback on speeches and other aspects of the meeting.

No, as a guest, you are welcome to attend our meetings as many times as you like to explore the potential benefits of becoming a member at Center Berlin Toastmasters!

However, please note that your participation as a guest in our meetings will be limited. For instance, guests cannot deliver prepared speeches or serve as meeting functionaries.

Our meetings are conducted in English, as we are an English-speaking club.

You are welcome to participate in our table topics sections and give an impromptu speech lasting 1-2 minutes – we encourage this! However, please note that only members have the opportunity to deliver prepared speeches of 5-7 minutes.

If you are a member of another club, you are welcome to request a speech slot. Keep in mind that our members have priority, as speech slots are limited.

No. Only members can. If you are a member of another club, you are welcome to request for a role.

Practice: Obtain stage time to deliver speeches or take on roles as a functionary (e.g., timer or grammarian) in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

Support: Benefit from mentorship for your first few speeches, and receive feedback on your speeches from all members and guests.

Materials: Access online educational materials to progress toward your chosen goals.

Events: Take advantage of opportunities to participate in speech contests, workshops, and other fun activities.

Community: Lastly, meet and network with a diverse and international group of cool people!

To actively participate in club activities, you can attend meetings, take on roles during the sessions, and deliver speeches.

The total fee = application fee + membership fee

Application fee:

  • One-time fee of €20
  • Toastmasters from a different club are exempt from the application fee, but must provide their Toastmaster’s ID when applying.

Membership fee:

  • Standard rate is €15 per month
  • Discounted rate is €10 per month (for students or those with insufficient income, no proof required)

Payment details for prospective members:

  • Prospective members pay from the month they join until the end of the current Toastmaster’s term (March or September, depending on which is closer).
  • Those joining at the end of a term pay until the end of the next term (e.g., joining in March means payment until September, and joining in September means payment until March).

Examples:

  1. If you join in May, pay the standard rate, and have not been a Toastmaster before:

    • Your total fee = €20 (application fee) + €75 [€15 (standard rate) x 5 (May to September)] = €95.
  2. If you join in December, pay the standard rate, and have been a Toastmaster before:

    • Your total fee = €60 [€15 (standard rate) x 4 (December to March)].
  3. If you join in September, pay the discounted rate, and have not been a Toastmaster before:

    • Your total fee = €20 (application fee) + €70 [€10 (discounted rate) x 7 (September to March)] = €90.

 You can become a member in three simple steps:

  1. Request the form via email (cb.toastmasters.d95@gmail.com)
  2. Complete the application form & privacy notice digitally
  3. Transfer the fee (bank details in the form)

Before you request to be a member, we recommend that you attend our meeting as a guest to get a real impression of Center Berlin Toastmasters

When your membership expires in March or September, you have the option to decide whether to renew it for another term (April to September or October to March) or not.

Yes, the minimum age to become a member is 18.