Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organisation that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations.
About Toastmasters International
Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organisation that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. The organisation has more than 270,000 members in over 13,000 clubs in 116 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people of all backgrounds become more confident in front of an audience.
Become the Speaker and Leader You Want to Be!
Whether you’re a professional, student, stay-at-home parent or retiree, Toast masters is the best way to improve your communication skills. Toastmasters can help you lose the fear of public speaking and learn skills that will help you be more successful in your chosen path. You’ll be a better listener. You’ll easily lead teams and conduct meetings. You’ll comfortably give and receive constructive evaluation. Even if you already have some or all of these skills, you will enhance them in Toast masters!
How Toastmasters Works
At Toastmasters, members learn by speaking to groups and working with others in a supportive environment. A typical Toastmasters club is made up of 20 to 30 people who meet once a week for approximately an hour. Each meeting gives everyone an opportunity to practice:
- Conducting meetings.
Members learn how to plan and conduct meetings.
- Giving impromptu speeches.
Members present one- to two- minute, impromptu speeches on assigned topics.
- Presenting prepared speeches
Two or more members present speeches based on projects from manuals in Toastmasters’ proven communi cation and/or leadership programs. Projects cover topics such as speech organisation, vocal variety, language, gestures and persuasion.
- Offering constructive evaluation.
Every prepared speaker is assigned an evaluator who points out speech strengths and offers suggestions for improvement.
The Tools You Use
Upon joining a Toastmasters club, each new member receives a variety of manuals and resources on how to become a better speaker and a more confident leader. Members also have access to other books and educational resources. In addition, they receive the award-winning Toastmaster, a monthly magazine that offers the latest insights on speaking and leadership techniques.
Toastmasters and Leadership
Leadership cannot be learned in a day. It takes practice. In Toast masters, members learn leadership skills by organising and conducting meetings and by completing projects in the leadership manuals. Projects address skills such as listening, planning, motivation and team building and give members the opportunity to practice them. Just as Toastmasters members learn to speak by speaking, they learn leadership by leading.
A company’s success depends on communication. Employees face an endless exchange of ideas, messages and information as they deal with one another and with customers day after day. How well they connect and share their ideas with customers, clients and co-workers can determine whether a company grows into an industry leader or joins thousands of other businesses mired in mediocrity.
Toastmasters provides the tools that enable employees to become effective presenters and leaders – all at a very low cost. Toastmasters training helps employees:
- give better sales presentations
- hone their management skills
- work better with fellow employees
- effectively develop and present ideas
- offer constructive criticism
- accept feedback more objectively
Toastmasters produces results. Around the world more than four million men and women of all ages and occupations have benefited from Toastmasters training. Thousands of corporations, community groups, universities, associations and government agencies now use Toastmasters training.
Becoming a Member
Membership is for individuals age 18 or older. The organisation now has approximately 270,000 members in 116 countries. They come from a variety of occupations and backgrounds.
Joining a Toastmasters club is easy. Once you find a listing of clubs in your area, simply select the most convenient one for you, attend a meeting and apply for membership. If there is no club in your area, you can form one with permission and assistance from Toastmasters International.