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The mission of a Toastmasters Club 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 fosters self-confidence and personal growth.

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Questions and Answers

What is a Toastmasters Club?

A Toastmasters Club is first a SPEECH CLUB, where members help each other learn the art of public speaking by practicing with their peers. Member achievements are recognized by Toastmasters International and many other businesses organizations.
Club members also learn LEADERSHIP SKILLS while developing speaking skills. The club provides a supportive environment to promote personal growth.
How does it work?

At Toastmasters, members learn by speaking to groups and working with others in a supportive environment. A typical club is made up by 20 - 30 people who meet once a week for about an hour. Each meeting gives everyone an opportunity to practice speaking, listening and thinking skills.
What levels of certifications can be earned?

Members can earn the Competent Communicator (CC) designation by delivering 10 speeches according to the Competent Communication Program manual. Then the member may deliver more speeches to earn Advanced Communicator (AC) designations. A member can also work on the leadership programs to earn the Competent Leader (CL) and Advanced Leader (AL) certifications. See the Toastmaster Education System for more details.
How are meetings conducted?

A club meeting usually contains a short business session which helps members learn the meeting procedures. Then the meeting transitions into other "segments" such as Prepared Speeches, Table Topics, and Evaluations.
What is a "Prepared Speech"?

Club members learn the art of speaking by following the Communications manuals. Prepared speeches are those with clearly stated objectives toward particular skill areas from the speech manual, such as voice, language, gestures and persuasion, etc.
What are Table Topics?

Table Topics are impromptu mini-speeches where the host (Table Topics Master) assigns a few topics to the meeting attendees in random to deliver brief talks without prior preparation. This segment is intended to practice "off-the-cuff" thinking and speaking skills.
How are speeches evaluated?

Every prepared speaker is assigned an evaluator who uses the manual to point out the strength and weakness of a prepared project, and offers suggestions for improvement. The specific feedback is one of the most important means for members to support and help each other to improve their speaking skills.