Monday, 10 October 2016 21:10

How long does a person stay with Toastmasters

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 This question is a flipside to the question of What are the reasons to quit Toastmasters. You can read my response to that question at https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-reason-to-quit-Toastmasters/answer/Rae-Stonehouse

There isn’t a one-size fits all answer to this question. If a member is getting everything out of the program that they can get out of the program, they will likely stay a member. I’m going on 23 years. Toastmasters is a part of my daily life. Rarely a day goes by where I’m not either working on something Toastmaster related or something that has been created due to my involvement with Toastmasters.

Many people stay long enough to achieve what they joined Toastmasters for in the first place. Perhaps they just wanted to become a little more self-confident so that they could deliver a speech at a wedding.

I don’t have any statistics to back it up but I believe that there is a high incidence of members that quit when their first dues renewal is upon them. I have often seen where the member is quite excited to join. They pay their membership but after a while they realize that you actually have to work within the program, they aren’t so eager to do so. Another small portion of those that leave prematurely are likely those that find having to get up and speak is just too stressful for them.

As I said in the beginning there isn’t one answer. Thanks for your question!

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