Midwest Speaking Professionals is a unique organization that is part of Toastmasters International (TI). It is a “Special Interest” club within Toastmasters.
People who join Midwest Speaking Professionals already are comfortable speaking to groups of people, have demonstrated advanced speaking skills, and have a reason to speak outside of a traditional Toastmasters setting.
What are the criteria for being a member of the club?
The primary requirement for membership is to pass the audition. To pass the audition, a candidate must demonstrate advanced speaking skills and want to use those skills to contribute to their income. (See “Audition Process & Tips” for additional information.)
Other requirements for membership in Midwest Speaking Professionals:
1) Contribute constructive feedback to speakers during your three required visits prior to auditioning. Insightful feedback to speakers is what sets us apart as a club, and helps all members to grow.
2) Be a good fit with the club’s mission, values, and focus on personal and club growth.
Who are the best prospects for the club?
Someone who regularly speaks or presents to groups, and who is ready to develop top-notch skills. Examples include those who:
- Speak Professionally
- Want to become an Accredited Speaker
- Are Published/Aspiring Authors
- Serve Clients as Independent Trainers/Coaches/Mentors
- Are Sales Professionals
Even the most experienced professional speakers could benefit from active participation in the club—IF (and this is a BIG IF) they would be willing to accept feedback about presentations with which they already have become comfortable.
How often does the club meet?
Club meetings are held from 6 to 9 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of every month, except on nationally recognized holidays. We also offer quarterly educational sessions.
Why are the meetings three hours long?
We need time for the longer speeches and in-depth evaluations that make the club unique.
How does the actual meeting work?
Every regular meeting includes roles for prepared presentations, those who lead individual feedback sessions, and meeting functionaries. Members are encouraged to volunteer for roles when they are not scheduled to speak. The meeting agenda includes opportunities for speeches of as little as 5 minutes and as long as 30 minutes. If necessary, longer speeches or presentations can be accommodated.
How much does it cost to join Midwest Speaking Professionals?
In accordance with TI processes, we collect dues twice per year. Our dues are $100 per six-month period ($200 per year), payable in October and April. Dues are pro-rated for new members. Any new member who is not already a member of a Toastmasters club also must pay a one-time $20 fee that TI charges for new member materials.
We pay $90 of each member’s $200 annual dues to Toastmasters International. The remainder is used for facility costs, equipment and supplies, and honorariums to professional speakers we invite to address the club.