A Toastmasters club is a “learn by doing” workshop in which men and women hone their skills in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere. A typical club has 20 to 40 members, who meet weekly to learn and practice public speaking techniques. The average club meeting is one hour.Upon joining a Toastmasters club, members progress through a series of 10 speaking assignments designed to instill a basic foundation in public speaking and effective presentation skills.
There is no instructor in a Toastmasters club. Instead, members evaluate and videotape one another’s Oral presentations. This evaluation process is an
integral component of the overall education program.
Besides taking turns delivering prepared speeches and evaluating those of other members, Toastmasters give fun impromptu talks on a broad range of topics. They also develop listening skills, conduct meetings, and learn parliamentary procedure.
The effectiveness of this simple formula is evidenced by the thousands of corporations that sponsor in-house Toastmasters clubs. These clubs serve as communication training workshops for employees. Every year, more and more business and government organizations are discovering that Toastmasters is the most effective, cost-efficient means of satisfying their communication training needs.