How Toastmasters 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 or two. Each meeting gives members several opportunities:
- Conduct meetings
- Members learn how to plan and conduct meetings.
- Give impromptu speeches
- Members present one- to two minutes, impromptu speeches about assigned topics.
- Present prepared speeches
- Members present speeches based on projects from Toastmasters’ communication and leadership program. Projects cover topics such
as speech organization, vocal variety, language, gestures and persuasion.
- Offer constructive evaluation
- Every speaker is assigned an evaluator who points out speech strengths and offers suggestions for improvement.
Upon joining a Toastmasters club, each new member receives resources about how to become a better speaker and a more confident leader. Members also have access to a wide variety of educational resources. In addition, they receive the award-winning Toastmaster, a monthly magazine that offers the latest insights about speaking and leadership techniques.
Toastmasters and Leadership
Leadership takes practice. In Toastmasters, members learn leadership skills by organizing and conducting meetings and completing projects. The projects address skills such as listening, planning, motivating, and team building and give members the opportunity to practice them. Just as Toastmasters members improve communication by speaking, they learn leadership skills by leading.