Learning at Toastmasters takes place in a club environment where you study and practice communication and leadership skills with others also keen to learn. Members learn by studying the manuals, practicing and helping each other. You learn by doing, applying feedback received and by watching others.
On joining, you will be given two manuals – Competent Communication and Competent Leadership.
The Competent Communication manual has 10 speech projects, each designed to improve your speaking skills. The projects are designed to develop your ability to present speeches in a systematic way at a pace to suit your own needs. After qualifying as a Competent Communicator, you can develop your skills further by working through a series of “Advanced” manuals to become an Advanced Communicator.
The Competent Leader manual has 10 projects, each designed to improve your leadership skills by serving in various Toastmasters meeting roles. Other areas of leadership are club officer roles and ‘educationals’ found in the “Leadership Excellence Series”. After qualifying as a Competent Leader you can work through a series of Advanced manuals to become an Advanced Leader. The ultimate goal is to become a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM).
Mission of Toastmasters
The mission of a Toastmasters is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.