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What is Toastmasters?
From a humble beginning in 1924 at the YMCA in
Santa Ana, California, Toastmasters International has grown to become a world
leader in helping people become more competent and comfortable in front of an
audience. The nonprofit organization now has more than 260,000
members in over 12,500 clubs in 113 countries, offering a proven – and enjoyable! –
way to practice and hone communication and leadership skills.
Most Toastmasters meetings are composed 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
How Does It Work?
This non-profit organization offers a proven – and enjoyable – way to practice
communication and leadership skills. Here's how it works:
Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which
participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a friendly
atmosphere. A typical group has 20 to 40 members who meet weekly or biweekly
to practice public speaking techniques. The average meeting lasts one hour.
learn communication skills by working in the Competent
Communication manual, a series of 10 self-paced speaking assignments
designed to instill a basic foundation in public speaking. Participants
learn skills related to use of humor, gestures, eye contact, speech
organization and overall delivery. When finished with this manual, members
can choose from 15 advanced manuals to learn skills related to specific
also learn leadership skills by taking on various meeting
roles and serving as officers at the club and district levels, and
by working in the Competent Leadership manual and the High
Performance Leadership program. In our learn-by-doing approach, we
don't lecture our members about leadership skills; we give them
responsibilities and ask them to lead.
- There is
no instructor in a Toastmasters meeting. Instead, members
evaluate one another’s presentations. This feedback process is a key part of
the program’s success. Meeting participants also give impromptu talks on
assigned topics, conduct meetings, serve as officers in various leadership
roles and learn rules related to timing, grammar and parliamentary
Thousands of corporations sponsor in-house
Toastmasters clubs. Businesses and government organizations have discovered that
Toastmasters is an effective, cost-efficient means of meeting their
communication training needs.
Toastmasters groups also can be found in
governmental agencies, as well as in a variety of community organizations,
prisons, universities, hospitals, military bases and churches.
The educational program is the heart of every Toastmasters club. It provides
members with a proven curriculum that develops communication and leadership
skills one step at a time, with many opportunities for awards and
recognition along the way. The communication and leadership tracks are not
mutually exclusive; you may participate in both at the same time, if you
- You progress along each track by
working through a series of manuals, each of which offers a set of
carefully crafted projects to complete.
- Each project includes an evaluation
guide, which gives club members an easy way to provide immediate
feedback as the project is completed.
- Once you become a member, you can begin
the educational program right away.
The New Member Kit includes the following
manuals to get you started in both tracks:
- Competent Communication
- Competent Leadership
- Your Speaking Voice
- Effective Evaluation
- Gestures: Your Body Speaks