What happens after you join?

Sometimes starting a new venture can be confusing. The transition from guest to active member can be a little unnerving. A roadmap can provide structure as you take those next steps on your Toastmasters journey. You do not have to follow these steps in order, but you should do all of them. 



You should receive a new member welcome packet
, that includes info on getting started with the club, as well as a copy of the IceBreaker project (the first speech from the Competent Communicator manual). 

Your new member kit should arrive within two weeks. If it hasn't arrived, please reach out to any Cisco Speaks club officers. 

When your kit arrives, look though the manuals. Both the Competent Communicator and Competent Leader manuals include projects that help you improve your communication skills. 

You should reach out to the VP Education to discuss your goals, and to get a mentor assigned. 

You should meet with your mentor. Mentors can help answer questions, and they can help you as you prepare your speeches. 

You should participate in club meetings. There are many learning opportunities in a Toastmasters meeting -- even if you're not giving a prepared speech. All of the meeting roles are speaking roles, so you can practice your speaking skills, as well as develop other communication skills. (The Timer role is a good place to start.) Table Topics is another great opportunity to practice speaking. 

You should prepare for your Ice Breaker speech. Start by reading through the project. You should also read through the project's speech evaluation form, to better understand what the evaluator will focus on. If you have questions, feel free to reach out to your mentor. 

You should schedule your Ice Breaker speech. This gives you a target to work towards. 


You're now on your way!