Since 1924, Toastmasters International has been recognised as the leading organisation dedicated to communication and leadership skill development. Through its worldwide network of clubs, each week Toastmasters helps more than a quarter million men and women of every ethnicity, education level and profession build their competence in communication so they can gain the confidence to lead others.
By regularly giving speeches, gaining feedback, leading teams and guiding others to achieve their goals in a supportive atmosphere, leaders emerge. They learn to tell their stories. They listen and answer. They plan and lead. They give feedback — and accept it. They find their path to leadership.
Toastmasters International Vision – To be the first-choice provider of dynamic, high-value, experiential communication and leadership skills development.
Toastmaster International Mission – We empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.
How Does it Work?
Members of toastmasters learn communication and leadership skills by working their way through a structured programme set out in two manuals:
The Competent Communication manual is the first step on the Toastmasters speaking path. It is a series of 10 self-paced speaking assignments designed to instil a basic foundation in public speaking.
Each speech has specific objectives so that members learn core skills to build their confidence in delivering speeches. Starting with the basics of getting comfortable and having a clear structure and message, the manual then guides speakers through tricks to add interest and flavour to speeches, such as use of language, tone of voice and gestures. Once all ten speeches have been delivered, members will be able to deliver well-rehearsed, persuasive and inspiring speeches.
When finished with this manual, members can choose from 15 advanced manuals to learn skills related to specific interests, such as humorous speaking, storytelling and PR.
The Competent Leadership manual helps members build practical, transferable skills such as time management, critical thinking, delegation and facilitation by taking on various roles at meetings and within the club. For every role taken on, you can get structured feedback to help you appreciate your strengths and focus on areas for improvement. The club is run by members, so there are always opportunities to get involved, help out and learn something new.