Originally Posted by riboflavin
Your post has given me a lot of hope however. I am going to force myself to go to the toastmasters meeting next week and paying that $50 fee.
Toastmasters International dues ($27) are for 6 months starting April and October of each year. If you join in the middle of the period it is pro rated at $4.50 a month. There is a one time fee of $20. Each club has its own dues.
I joined 3 clubs in October and each club meets twice a month. It appears your club meets weekly. So you are really joining two clubs.
The first club charged me $ 27 for TI dues, $4.50 for club dues and $ 20.00 for initiatiation fee. So I paid $ 51.50 for the first club. The second and third clubs charged me each $27.00 for TI dues and $10 for club fees. So I paid $37.00 each to the second and third club. So I paid $125.50 for 6 month membership for three clubs. Each club sets their own dues which is different from Toastmaster International dues.
These club are volunteer clubs. Each club has a different personality. In one of my clubs, I am very lucky, one member has appointed himself a mentor to the club. I told him about my fear of public speaking. (He does not understand SA - it is a foreign concept to the world). He gave me the timers role and a speech to give when I am the timer. I was the timer 3 times in 3 months at this club. He sent me emails about my performance and reassured me that I showed no anxiety. His emails are a great help. Whenever, I have maladaptive thoughts, I read his emails.
My other two clubs, the members are nice but do not offer this kind of service. Again, these folks are not mental health professionals but ordinary folks trying to overcome performance anxiety.
Please try to join one club. If your club meets every week, then you are really joining two clubs. Attend the meetings diligently for three months. If your anxiety is less then skip meeting where you dont have a role such as toastmaster of day, table topics master, speaker, evaluator etc.