Originally Posted by taylor
I took a public speaking class as a degree requirement and it taught me almost nothing. I think I spoke 3 times with a month between times so it was impossible to gain any momentum. Here's hoping yours is better.
You certainly don't have to do Toastmasters, but those reasons you listed aren't real reasons. A waiting list and only 3 times a month? Yeah that sounds bad, but there are other clubs available if you look for them. Smaller clubs are a better value imo because you'll get more chances to practice and even take leadership roles if you want that. Find a Club - Toastmasters International
I typed in a random zip from Washington dc and there are almost 200 "open to all" clubs within 10 miles of it.
I agree, if you live in an urban area, there should be quite a few Toastmasters clubs to choose from and they are all a bit different from each other. Check them all out as some will gel with you better than others. As for cost, I think the average cost works out to be only about $10 per month which is not much at all.