What is Toastmasters

What is Toastmasters?

Brief History

In October 1924, a group of men assembled by Dr. Ralph C. Smedley met in the basement of the YMCA in Santa Ana, California, U.S.A., forming a club “to afford practice and training in the art of public speaking and in presiding over meetings, and to promote sociability and good fellowship among its members.” The group took the name “Toastmasters.”

Today Toastmasters

The nonprofit organization now has nearly 260,000 members in over 12,500 clubs in 113 countries, offering a proven – and enjoyable! – way to practice and hone communication and leadership skills.

Toastmasters can help you:

*better sales presentation
*hone the management skill
*Work better with fellow employees
*Effective develop and present ideas
*Offer constructive criticism
*Experience leadership development through training and club involvement

How It Work?
At Toastmasters, members learn by speaking to groups and working with others in a supportive environment. A typical Toastmasters club is made up of 20 to 30 people who meet once a week for about an hour. Each meeting gives everyone an opportunity to practice conducting meetings, giving impromptu speeches, presenting prepared speeches, and offering constructive evaluation.

Read what some other famous Toastmasters have said…

Tom Peters, bestselling author,  The Pursuit of Wow!

“Join Toastmasters. Oral communication skills count.  Height and hair color may be in the genes, but public speaking isn’t. One good answer to the public speaking problem is Toastmasters. They do a fabulous job of helping people shape up their communication skills.”

Debbie Fields-Rose, Founder of Mrs. Fields Cookies

“I believe that communication is vital to success.  Improving my communication skills has increased my ability to sell my ideas and visions and eventually become a professional speaker.  I like the people involved in Toastmasters – we all share the same desire to improve our communication skills.”

Harvey Mackay, bestselling author of Swim With the Sharks..


I’ve never met anyone who didn’t think Toastmasters was super valuable to their career.  We gain self-esteem, self-confidence, assertiveness.  This makes us better salespeople, better managers, better leaders…” -