About Us

Solent Speakers is a friendly, supportive public speaking club which meets in Fareham. We draw our members from the local community, including Fareham, Gosport, Portchester, Whiteley and Cosham. Membership is open to anyone aged 18 or over. We are a not for profit organisation affiliated to Toastmasters International

The mission of a Toastmasters Club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment where every member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills. These, in turn, foster self-confidence and personal growth.

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We are affiliated to Toastmasters International, the worldwide network of public speaking clubs, and utilise the same, proven, “learning by doing” approach used in more than 13,000 clubs around the globe.

Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped more than 4 million people just like you, from around the world, become more confident speakers and leaders. Toastmasters will give you the skills and confidence you need to express yourself clearly in any situation.

A Successful Club

Since our founding in 2003 Solent Speakers has achieved many club performance awards in recognition of the quality of our club management and the educational achievements of our members.

FAQs

What sort of people join toastmasters?

We are a community club, and so we accept membership applications from a wide range of people, including students, entrepreneurs, professionals, executives and creatives.

The one thing we all have in common is a shared desire to help one another become better communicators, speakers and leaders and to enjoy ourselves in the process!

Our membership is almost 50% female:50% male, and our age range varies from early 20’s to early 60’s.

How much does membership cost?

We are a not-for profit  organisation, so membership currently costs just £10 a month (plus a one-off joining fee of £25). Dues are payable in two six-monthly blocks. This modest sum gives you access to two meetings a month plus the Pathways online education programme; and a  monthly Toastmasters Magazine. 

Do I have to attend every meeting?

No. We do meet twice a month, but you can come to as many or as few meetings as you want. Of course, the more sessions you attend and participate in, the faster your skills will develop.

Do I have to wear a red Jacket?

No! – In the UK, the word Toastmaster is often associated with the red-coated master of ceremonies seen at weddings and other formal functions. This has nothing to do with Toastmasters. Toastmasters clubs. We help people like you become better speakers, listeners, communicators and leaders. Toastmasters International