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What is Toastmasters?

Toastmasters International helps people to become more competent and comfortable in front of an audience. The nonprofit organization now has nearly 250,000 members in 12,500 clubs in 106 countries, offering a proven – and enjoyable! – way to practice and hone communication and leadership skills.

Most Toastmasters meetings are comprised of approximately 20 people who meet weekly for an hour or two. Participants practice and learn skills by filling a meeting role, ranging from giving a prepared speech or an impromptu one to serving as timer, evaluator or grammarian.

There is no instructor; instead, each speech and meeting is critiqued by a member in a positive manner, focusing on what was done right and what could be improved.

Black Forest Toastmasters of Brussels is a German-English bilingual club, founded in 2006: We use both languages to an equal degree, helping our members to improve their fluency and vocabulary in the language of their choice. We meet every second and fourth Thursday of the month. Guests are always welcome.

More about the Toastmasters Educational Program:

Upcoming Meetings

The Black Forest Toastmaster Club of Brussels meets every second and fourth Thursday of the month. Meetings start at 19:00 sharp and last for about two hours. Wine and snacks are provided. The cover fee is 5 EUR.

You are welcome to join as a guest. German skills are not required. Please register beforehand at mail@blackforest-toastmasters.com.

Next Meetings:
9 & 23 September, 7 & 28 October, 4 or 18 & 25 November, 9 December, 13 & 27 January, 10 & 24 February, 10 & 24 March, 14 & 28 April, 12 & 26 May, 9 & 23 June

Meeting venue
The Hub
37 Rue du Prince Royal
1050 Brussels

How to get there
Public Transport
• metro to Porte de Namur
• bus 71 or 54 to Quartier St-Boniface
• tram 92, 94, 97 to Stéphanie

Access by Car
Public parking is available at Porte de Namur '2 Portes'.
Parking on the street is difficult around here, if you want to try your luck, best come from the direction of Place Stephanie

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How to join

Nothing could be more simple! Come along as a guest to one or more of our meetings and if you like it, sign up. There is no need for previous speaking experience in order to join the club.

The annual membership fee is 85€ which includes the Toastmaster Welcome Pack when you first join as a Toastmaster. From the minute you join, you will begin to improve, with the help of the Toastmaster workbook and a monthly magazine full of practical ideas and advice. You will also have the option of being mentored by a more experienced club member.

Your Toastmaster Welcome Pack consists of
  • Communication and Leadership Program Manual
  • Competent Leadership manual
  • Effective Speech Evaluation booklet
  • Your Speaking Voice booklet
  • Gestures - Your Body Speaks booklet
A subscription to The Toastmaster monthly Magazine is included in your membership.

Please let us know if you'd like to join one of our meetings. Just send an email to mail@blackforest-toastmasters.com

Bank Account Details
Bank: ING
Account number: 363-0305841-40
IBAN: BE02363030584140
BIC/Swift code: BBRUBEBB
Custodian: Black Forest Toastmasters

Communication: Black Forest TM Membership & your name


Black Forest Toastmasters
is registered as Toastmasters Club No 00921076

Contact us via email.

Club officers

  • President: Wiebke Herding
  • Vice President Education: Ildiko Papp
  • Vice President Public Relations: Holger Fraehsdorf
  • Vice President Membership: Brian Ward
  • Secretary: Albena Pechakova
  • Treasurer: Margarita Tuch
  • Webmaster: Ingo Thon