Thursday, August 16, 2012

What is toastmasters? (1 pager)

What is Toastmasters?

Toastmasters is an International non-profit educational organization that teaches communication and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. The organization currently has more than 260,000 members in approximately 12,500 clubs in 113 countries. Since its founding in October 1924, the organization has helped more than 4 million men and women lead and communicate with poise and confidence. Today, organizations around the world recognize the value of incorporating Toastmasters training to help employees improve their communication and leadership skills. We have 36 different clubs in Tamilnadu and nearly 500+ toastmasters clubs in India.

How Toastmasters Program works?

At Toastmasters, members learn by speaking to groups and working with others in a supportive environment.  A typical Toastmasters club is made up of 20 to 30 people who meet once a week for approximately an hour. Each meeting gives everyone an opportunity to practice:

Conducting meetings
Members learn how to plan and conduct meetings.

Giving impromptu speeches
Members present one- to two minute, impromptu speeches on assigned topics.

Presenting prepared speeches
Two or more members present speeches based on projects from manuals in Toastmasters’ proven communication and/or leadership programs. Projects cover topics such as speech organization, vocal variety, language, gestures and persuasion.

Offering constructive evaluation
Every prepared speaker is assigned an evaluator who points out speech strengths and offers suggestions for improvement.

The Tools 

Upon joining a Toastmasters club, each new member receives a variety of manuals and resources on how to become a better speaker and a more confident leader. Members also have access to other books and educational resources. In addition, they receive the award-winning Toastmaster, a monthly magazine that offers the latest insights on speaking and leadership techniques.

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