What is Toastmasters all about?

This page explains what Toastmasters is all about, and how you can benefit from becoming a member.

Worldwide programme

Toastmasters is a worldwide programme where you can improve your leadership and communication skills.

This happens in a safe, supportive club environment.

Toastmasters learn by:

  • Practising speaking in front of the group.
  • Listening to others speak to the group.
  • Evaluating and listening to evaluations of speeches.
  • Following the Toastmasters programme.

Not a formal course

Toastmasters is not a formal course in public speaking.  There are no instructors or classrooms.  Your speeches are not graded, and there are no tests.

At Toastmasters, you learn by studying the resources in the manuals provided, practising giving speeches on a variety of topics, and helping one another with constructive feedback.

You learn by doing, and by watching your fellow club members.

Each speech project is designed to develop your speaking skills, one step at a time.

Each project builds on what you've learnt previously.  You'll learn how to structure a speech, find the right words, use body language and your voice effectively.

Evaluations are key to success

Every speech you give will be evaluated by another Toastmaster.  Listen carefully to your speech evaluations.  Review your written evaluations. This feedback will point out your strengths, and offer suggestions for improving your next speech.

Evaluations are the key to success in Toastmasters, and the cornerstone to helping you become an effective speaker.

Rewards are many

Not only will you learn public speaking and leadership skills, you'll also be recognised for your efforts.

Every formal speech you deliver earns credits towards an official Toastmasters Award.

You'll receive a Toastmasters certificate on completion of each Award. Your employer may also receive a letter about your accomplishments if you wish.  You can also list your Awards on your CV.

Links to More Resources

Join Toastmasters

Toastmasters Pathways programme (effective for new members from December 2017)

Toastmasters Competent Communication Programme  (not available for new members since December 2017)

Toastmasters Competent Leadership Programme  (not available for new members since December 2017)