ok I had my first toastmasters meeting last night. It was fantastic! I know that it is really going to help me with my fear of public speaking. Basically the meeting is structured in a way so that every member has the opportunity to talk at some point. Some of the members had been with toastmasters for 3 even up to 14 years!! And all said how much they have improved over the years with public speaking and most importantly self-confidence!
Every one was extremely friendly and supportive- all in all a great atmosphere! Of course it was a little intimidating at first but everyone is there for the same reason; so there is really no need to be nervous and embarrassed. I suggest that you look into joining your local toastmaster club or even go along as a guest and see how their meetings are structured. It can really help :)