Every 2nd, 4th and 5th Thursday of the month at 20:00 sharp. We usually gather at 19:45. If the Thursday is a national holiday, it is possible there is no meeting. Click here to see the agenda of the next meeting.
Zebrastraat 32, 9000 Gent (exceptions are communicated via email/facebook page/twitter)
How to attend?
If you are a member: sign up on Easyspeak.
Non-members: please contact us upfront via firstname.lastname@example.org.
There’s an underground parking with 98 parking spots that can be reached via the “Gustaaf Callierlaan”. Parking here costs 1 EUR per hour, day and night, every day of the week. Payment is possible by cash, debet card or visa.
What happens at a meeting?
See our Frequently Asked Questions page
Our bimonthly toastmasters meeting
Our bimonthly toastmasters meeting
How does a Toastmasters meeting work?
Our meetings always start out with the presiding officer (usually the club president) who welcomes all members and guests. Then the word is passed on to the toastmaster of the evening (often called TME). To describer the TME role the best, is to compare it television show host who introduces all the guests and makes sure everything goes according to plan.
The TME decides the theme of the meeting and does the introduction of the meeting. After the introduction, he introduces all the Competent Leadership (CL) roles for that evening: CL Coordinator, Timekeeper, Uh Counter, Grammarian, Word of the Day, Skill master and General Evaluator. Each of these people will then come on to the stage to explain their role during the meeting. Somewhere before the speeches, the TME will also ask all the guests how they found out about Toastmasters and what brought them here.
After this, it’s time for the prepared speeches. As the name suggests, these speeches are planned in advance. These aren’t just random speeches: they originate from assignments in your toastmasters manual. If you are starting out in Toastmasters Gent, you will be preparing speeches from the Competent Communicator (CC) manual.
When the prepared speeches have been given, there’s room for an optional freestyle speech. If there is nobody who wants to do a freestyle speech, the meeting continues with the evaluations of the prepared speeches. These evaluations are short speeches in themselves, which are prepared during the meeting. It’s important to note that in Toastmasters, we aim for constructive criticism, which means evaluations will always contain positive points and some points to improve. Nobody’s perfect and we are all here to grow.
When the evaluations are all said and done, it’s time for the table topics. During these, the table topics will give random topics/statements, on which the members have to give an unprepared speech (improvise!). These speeches should range anywhere from 1 minute until maximum 2 minutes and 30 seconds. When these are done, the table topics are also evaluated and as the meeting draws to a close, it’s time for some more evaluating to occur.
The CL Coordinator will remember everyone who took up a role to get their CL manual filled in, the Timekeeper will report on the times of the speeches and evaluations, the Uh Counter on the number of uh’s. If you get over 10, we say you have a cluster, so there’s no need to feel embarassed. The Grammarian will remark on grammatical errors and great use of words, the person who chose the word of the day will say who used it the most and the General Evaluator will evaluate everyone who has not yet been evaluated as well as the general flow of the meeting.
The TME will then ask the guests what they thought of the meeting, followed by some closing remarks, after which he will let the presiding officer close the meeting (and then everyone goes downstairs to the bar). If you want to see what the next meeting will look like, take a look here and don’t hesitate to sign up as a guest or take up a role if you are already a member.
How will I learn with Toastmasters?
It all starts with your first speech: the ice breaker. If you haven’t received your Competent Communicator manual yet, but want to get started on writing your speech right away, you can find the assignment on toastmasters.org.
Should I be able to speak Dutch?
Most Toastmasters of the evening (TME) will conduct the meeting in English in order for everyone to understand. For some of our members, Toastmasters even presents a good opportunity to practice their English/Dutch.
Can I be a guest at a meeting?
Will I need to speak as a guest?
Where do the meetings occur?
How do I become a member?
When should I become a member?
If you haven’t received your Competent Communicator manual yet, but want to get started on writing your first speech right away, you this part of the manual on toastmasters.org.
Where we meet
From left to right:
President: Ignaas Vermeulen
VP of Education: Gualtiero Boeraeve
VP Membership: Kathleen Sempels
VP of Public Relations: Dries Davister
Secretary: Jasper Rubbrecht
Treasurer: Steven Heyndrickx
Sergeant at Arms: Benjamin Daemen
Immediate Past-President: Anton Lemmens