Is the Sagrada Familia Toastmasters Club a training school or an institute?
No. The Sagrada Familia Toastmasters Club is a private non-profit organization, in which we members help each other to achieve our mutual objectives to improve as speakers and leaders, within the context of the club mission. It is essentially a volunteer activity.
None of us members receive any remuneration for participation, hence the low cost of the biannual membership fee that we pay – especially compared with the high tuition for a traditional public speaking course. (To learn more about the costs, read on.)
Is the Toastmasters program a speaking course?
Yes and No. Yes, in the sense that Toastmasters offers a complete educational program for the study and progressive development of communication and leadership skills. No, because the teaching/learning format is different from that of a traditional public speaking course.
The Toastmasters method is eminently practical. There are no students, professors, theoretical exams, or qualifying practicals in the traditional sense. The training dynamics is based on the learning-by-doing philosophy within the context of evaluation between equals and under the guidance of mentors.
More than 320.000 Toastmasters members worldwide endorse the efficiency and attractiveness of this method.
Can I attend a club meeting to see what it is about?
Yes. If you are interested in learning more about our club and the Toastmasters educational program, we invite you to attend one of our meetings so that you can personally experience what the Toastmasters method is about.
Attending as a guest is free of charge. Simply contact us through the Contact Form requesting to attend an upcoming meeting as a guest.
What are the advantages of becoming a club member?
As a member of the Sagrada Familia Toastmasters Club, you will also become part of Toastmasters International, the world’s largest and most important organization in the field of developing public speaking and leadership skills.
You will be able to take advantage of the program and resources offered by Toastmasters to achieve your personal improvement goals as a speaker and a leader, both in Spanish and English.
The membership entitles you to participate in all the activities organized by the club, both educational and social, plus those organized by Toastmasters International, and access to training and informational materials and resources from Toastmasters International.
To obtain more detailed information, contact us via the Contact Form.
How do I join the club?
Membership is open to anyone over 18 years of age interested in improving their communication and leadership skills.
The first step is to attend one of our club meetings as a guest, so that we can get to know each other. We will explain the next steps to you on the day of the meeting.
To request an invitation as a guest, contact us via the Contact Form.
Do I need to speak spanish to join the club?
Sagrada Familia Toastmasters is a bilingual Spanish-English club. Therefore, we request that our members have sufficient knowledge of these languages to be able to give speeches and conduct oral evaluations in both languages.
We do not require any written accreditation or proof of language proficiency. You will only have to confirm your knowledge of both languages with us.
If you have questions about whether you have a sufficient level in these languages, we invite you to attend a meeting for your own evaluation. In any case, we can always recommend another Toastmasters club in Barcelona that suits your needs and objectives.
How much does the membership cost?
Once the club’s executive committee approves the membership application, the applicant must pay a 69 euro biannual fee or a percentage thereof according to the month of registration, plus a 20 euro initial registration fee – which includes the manual kit. From then on, there will be a biannual membership renewal fee of 69 euros due every March and September.
Are there other Toastmasters clubs in Barcelona?
Yes. As of 2020, there are 14 Toastmasters clubs operating in Catalonia. Several fellow clubs are listed below:
Agora Almeda Toastmasters
To view the official Toastmasters International map with the location of all the clubs, click here:
Membership in any of these clubs enables you to visit and participate in meetings hosted by other clubs upon communication with the VPE of the club in question.
In fact, it is common practice in Toastmasters to visit other clubs of the area, and even, when we travel, in other cities or countries!