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 10 to 20 people who meet bi-weekly. Each meeting gives everyone an opportunity to practice:
- Conducting meetings. Members learn how to plan and conduct meetings.
- Giving impromptu speeches. Members present one-to-two minute, impromptu speeches on assigned topics.
- Presenting prepared speeches. Members present speeches based on projects from manuals in Toastmasters' proven communication and/or leadership programs. Projects cover topics such as organization, getting to the point, vocal variety, language, gestures and persuasion.
- Offering constructive evaluation. Every prepared speaker is assigned an evaluator who identifies speech strengths and offers suggestions for improvement.