Interesting Statistics about Toastmasters

This page has interesting statistics about Toastmasters in general, and about the New Zealand Districts' Performance.

Did you know?

Did you know that:

  • Toastmasters turned 90 on 22 October 2014.
  • Toastmasters International has more than 352,000 members in over 16,400 clubs in 141 countries.
  • Toastmasters in New Zealand turned 50 in 2012. This was celebrated at the Solid Gold Convention in Dunedin.

Book of Lists

  • The Book of Lists says that people's greatest fear is public speaking. (They fear it more than death!)
  • 60% of people are turned down for a job due to insufficient communication skills.
  • More than 5000 past and present Toastmasters revealed in a recent survey that most people join Toastmaster clubs to improve their confidence and ability to speak in front of a group.

Famous Toastmasters

  • Famous Toastmasters include actors, athletes, astronauts, artists, authors, politicians, beauty queens, entrepreneurs and business people.
  • Corporate Toastmaster clubs are sponsored by government agencies, not-for-profit organisations, private companies and public corporations, educational institutions, and central and local governments.

Toastmasters International Performance Statistics

Toastmasters International Statistics and Data Hub 

Current District Performance Reports

Toastmasters International publishes the Performance Reports for the District, Divisions, Areas and Clubs on their website dashboard.

You can also view Toastmasters International Fun Facts which were published in the October 2016 issue of the Toastmaster magazine.

District 72 Performance Reports 

District 112 Performance Reports (available with effect from July 1, 2018)

You can view past reports back to 2003-04 by changing the options at the top of the page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How many Distinguished Toastmasters are there in New Zealand?

There are over 170 Distinguished Toastmasters, with many belonging to more than one club.  This is about 3% of the total number of Toastmasters in New Zealand.

Q. How many World Champions of Public Speaking have come from New Zealand?

A. New Zealand has produced two world champions: David Nottage (1996), and Brett Rutledge (1998). Mark Hunter (2009) lives in Australia, but he was born in New Zealand, and Morgan McArthur (1994), lived for several years in New Zealand, but has now returned to America.

New Zealander Kingi Biddle competed in the Semi-Finals of the Toastmasters Speech Contests in 2012, 2013 and 2014. He was Runner-Up to the World Champion in 2013.

Q. How many International Presidents have come from New Zealand?

A. There have been two International Presidents from New Zealand: John Fauvel 1987-88, and Len Jury 1997-98.

Want to know more?

For more information and other statistics, contact our District Statistical Analyst, email