What is Toastmasters?

Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations.

Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization has more than 280,000 members in 13,500 clubs in 116 countries.

Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people of all backgrounds become more confident in front of an audience.

国际演讲会是一个非牟营利的教育组织,在全球各地,按固定时间的会议训练公众的演讲和领导技巧。组织总部设于美国加利福尼亚州圣玛格丽塔兰乔,现有13,500 多个分会,分布在全球116 多个国家,共280 000 多名会员。

自1924 年起,国际演讲会已经协助了无数不同背景的会员,使他们在观众面前更有自信。


Toastmasters meetings


At Toastmasters, members learn by speaking to group of audience and working with fellow members in a supportive environment. A typical Toastmasters club is made up of 20 to 40 members who meet twice a month for about two hours.

In each Toastmasters meeting, members can take different roles.

Each meeting gives everyone an opportunity to practice:

Prepared speech - members present speeches based on projects from the Toastmasters International Communication manuals. Projects cover such topics as speech organization, voice, language, gestures, persuasion, etc...

Impromptu speaking - members present one-to two-minute speeches on assigned topics without prior preparation. It helps to train speakers to think on their feet.

Evaluations - Every prepared speaker is assigned an evaluator who points out speech strengths and offers suggestions for improvement. Speech Evaluators learn to provide effective and constructive feedback to others.


What members get
Upon joining a Toastmasters club, each new Toastmaster receives a New-Member Kit.

The kit features a copy of the basic Communication manual and the Leadership manual. It also contains general orientation materials and information regarding skill improvement in areas such as speech evaluation and the use of gestures. The initial prepared speeches, as outlined in the basic Communication manual, are designed with the new Toastmaster in mind.

Each Toastmaster will also receive the award-winning "
The Toastmaster."


Toastmasters leadership program
As a Toastmaster, one can develop both communication and leadership skills.

Leadership cannot be learned in a day. It takes practice. In Toastmasters, members build leadership skills by organizing and conducting meetings and motivating others to help them. Club leadership roles and a leadership development program, as outlined in the basic Leadership manual, offer members opportunities to learn and practice. Just as members learn to speak simply by speaking, they learn leadership by leading.
Toastmasters development tracks

Upon completion of the basic Communication and Leadership programs, Toastmasters may participate in the advanced programs. In the advanced Communication program, participants may choose from specific business-oriented topics such as Speeches by Management and Technical Presentations.



Competent Communication manual

Competent Communication
The 10 speech projects in this manual will help you develop your speaking skills one step at a time.
  • Icebreaker
  • Organize your Speech
  • Get to the Point
  • How to Say It
  • Your Body Speaks
  • Vocal Variety
  • Research Your Topic
  • Get Comfortable with Visual Aids
  • Persuade with Power
  • Inspire your Audience
CC manual

Advanced Communication Series

The Entertaining Speaker (The Japanese version is available)
Projects address preparing and delivering an entertaining speech and incorporating humor into different aspects of speaking.
  • The Entertaining Speech
  • Resources For Entertainment
  • Make them Laugh
  • A Dramatic Talk
  • Speaking after Dinner
Speaking to Inform (The Japanese version is available)
This manual contains information about organizing an informational speech and much more!
  • Speech to Inform
  • Resources for Informing
  • The Demonstration Talk
  • A Fact finding Report
  • The Abstract Concept
Public Relations
Covers preparing a speech that will sway your audience to what ever it is you're promoting.
  • The Goodwill Speech
  • Radio Talk Show
  • The Persuasive Approach
  • Speaking Under Fire
  • Crisis Management Speech
Facilitating Discussion
Group discussions are common, and this manual provides instruction in facilitating the most common types of discussions.
  • The Seminar Solution
  • The Round Robin
  • Pilot A Panel
  • Make Believe
  • The Workshop Leader
Specialty Speeches
This manual contains information about giving the most common ones, and it covers impromptu talks, preparing inspirational speeches, selling a product, reading out loud and introducing a speaker.
  • Speak Off the Cuff
  • Uplift the Spirit
  • Sell a Product
  • Read Out Loud
  • Introduce the Speaker
Speeches by Management
This manual offers instruction in giving speeches as a member of management.
  • The Briefing
  • The Technical Speech
  • Manage and Motivate
  • The Status Report and Confrontation
  • The Adversary Relationship
The Professional Speaker
This manual offers guidance in preparing various types of speeches in a professional atmosphere.
  • The keynote Address
  • Speaking to Entertain
  • The Sales Training Speech
  • The Professional Seminar
  • The Motivational Speech
Technical Presentations
Learn how to prepare technical briefings, design and present a proposal, talk about a technical subject to a nontechnical audience, present a technical paper and enhance a technical talk with the internet.
  • The Technical Briefing
  • The Proposal
  • The Nontechnical Audience
  • Presenting a Technical paper
  • The Team Technical Presentation
Persuasive Speaking
Projects cover selling a product, making “cold calls,” preparing a winning proposal, convincing an audience to at least consider your side of a controversial issue or subject and persuading listeners to help bring a vision and mission to reality.
  • The Effective Salesperson
  • Conquering the Cold
  • The Winning Proposal
  • Addressing the Opposition
  • The Persuasive Leader
Communicating on Television
Learn how to present an editorial, appear as a guest on an interview program, be the host of an interview program, conduct a press conference and use television to train.
  • Straight Talk
  • The Talk Show
  • When You're the Host
  • The Press Conference
  • Training Television
Storytelling
This manual offers instruction in telling folk tales, personal stories, stories with morals, emotional stories and stories about historical events or people.
  • The Folk Tale
  • Let's Get Personal
  • The Moral of the Story
  • The Touching Story
  • Bringing History to Life
Interpretive Reading
Projects include reading stories, poetry, monodramas, plays and famous speeches.
  • Read a Story
  • Interpreting Poetry
  • The Monodrama
  • The Play
  • The Oratorical Speech
Interpersonal Communication
Topics in this manual include conversing with ease, negotiating, handling criticism, coaching someone to improve performance and expressing dissatisfaction effectively.
  • Conversing with Ease
  • The Successful Negotiator
  • Diffusing Verbal Criticism
  • The Coach
  • Asserting Yourself Effectively
Special Occasion Speeches
This manual provides instruction in giving toasts, speaking in praise/giving a eulogy, “roasting” someone and presenting and accepting awards.
  • Mastering the Toast
  • Speaking in Praise
  • The Roast
  • Presenting an Award
  • Accepting Award
Humorously Speaking
Learn how to incorporate humor into every aspect of your speech.
  • Warm up Your Audience
  • Leave them with a Smile
  • Make them Laugh
  • Keep Them Laughing
  • Humorous Speech

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