Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organisation. Through its thousands of clubs around the world, Toastmasters International offers a program designed to help members improve their public speaking and leadership skills.
Underpinning the Toastmasters journey is the education programme, which is comprised of two tracks: Communication and Leadership. The two tracks are not mutually exclusive; you may participate in both at the same time if you wish. You progress through each track by completing a series of manuals that contain projects and evaluation guides. There are many opportunities for awards and recognition along the way.
Members learn by speaking to groups and working with others in a supportive environment. A typical meeting will last around 1.5 hours and gives everyone an opportunity to practise their speaking skills:
Guest Introductions – Each guest is invited to introduce themselves and say why they have come along to the meeting.
Prepared Speeches – Three members present speeches based on projects from the Toastmasters manuals. Each project focuses on a different aspect of public speaking, including structure, voice, language, gestures, and persuasion.
Table Topics – Members present a 1-2 minute impromptu speech on a topic chosen at random.
Constructive Feedback – Each prepared speaker is assigned an evaluator who points out strengths and offers suggestions for improvement.
Meeting Roles – There are a variety of roles which allows the meeting to flow and gives you an opportunity to speak, such as Timekeeper, Grammarian, and Toastmaster of the Day.
For more information, visit toastmasters.org.