Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Our organization has more than 345,000 memberships. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 15,900 clubs in 142 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations.
The world needs leaders. Leaders head families, coach teams, run businesses and mentor others. These leaders must not only accomplish, they must communicate. By regularly giving speeches, gaining feedback, leading teams and guiding others to achieve their goals in a supportive atmosphere, leaders emerge from the Toastmasters program. Every Toastmasters journey begins with a single speech. During their journey, they learn to tell their stories. They listen and answer. They plan and lead. They give feedback—and accept it. Through our community of learners, they find their path to leadership.
As a fellow Toastmaster, you will grow these skills as a communicator and leader:
- Giving effective presentations
- Assuming management roles
- Building teams
- Giving and receiving constructive feedback
- Effectively presenting ideas
- Conducting effective meetings
- Managing time
- Actively listening
Each meeting gives everyone an opportunity to practice:
- Impromptu speeches: Members have the opportunity to give one- to two-minute impromptu speeches about announced topics.
- Prepared speeches: Three or more members give speeches based on projects from Toastmasters manuals. Speeches cover topics such as speech organization, humor, voice, language, gestures and persuasion.
- Constructive evaluations: Every speaker is assigned an evaluator who points out speech strengths and suggestions for improvement. Peer evaluation is essential to the success of the Toastmasters program. It gives members the confidence to progress one step at a time toward becoming the speakers and leaders they want to be.