Toastmasters International is a not for profit organisation, represented by over 12,500 clubs, comprised of 250,000 members in 106 countries and is dedicated to excellence in leadership and communication. The basis of Toastmasters is a “learn by doing” workshop where members can improve their public speaking and leadership skills in a welcoming, friendly environment. A typical meeting has around 30 members who collaborate every couple of weeks to practice their speaking skills.
Ralph Smedley opened the first Toastmasters club as far back as 1924 in Santa Ana California at his local YMCA. His aim was to meet the needs of leadership and speech training for young men in his local area. His “Ten Lessons in Public Speaking” is still the back bone of today’s Toastmasters educational program which guides the modern day speaker through a series of learning exercises to strengthen your public speaking skills and build confidence. Visit the Toastmasters International site to Learn More About the History of Toastmasters.