Some Quick Tips for Beginners:
- Ask for a mentor, an experienced Toastmaster to help you with meeting roles and speeches.
- Study Project 1 in Competent Communication and the evaluation guide at the end of the project.
- Use stories, examples and anecdotes to craft a speech.
- Don’t overwhelm your audience with too much information.
- Practice speaking. Practice often.
- Begin and end every speech strongly.
The educational program is the heart of every Toastmasters club. It provides members with a proven curriculum that develops communication and leadership skills one step at a time, with many opportunities for awards and recognition along the way. The communication and leadership tracks are not mutually exclusive; you may participate in both at the same time, if you wish.
- You progress along each track by working through a series of manuals, each of which offers a set of carefully crafted projects to complete.
- Each project includes an evaluation guide, which gives club members an easy way to provide immediate feedback as the project is completed.
- Once you become a member, you can begin the educational program right away.
Once you’ve made the transition from Toastmasters guest to Toastmasters member, you will receive two essential Toastmasters manuals in the mail which will facilitate your success as a toastmaster:
Toastmasters International’s Competent Communication contains 10 speech projects each focusing on a specific area, such as organizing your speech and using body language. An evaluator offers feedback on each of your speeches, helping you to improve. Earn a Competent Communicator award by completing all the speech projects in Competent Communication.
The Competent Leadership manual features 10 projects, which you complete while serving in various meeting roles and participating in other club activities such as helping with a newsletter or getting involved with a membership building campaign. An evaluator will give you feedback on each project, helping you to improve.