Why join Toastmasters

Because Communication isn't Optional

That's a slogan for Toastmasters International. And most people can agree with that. In fact most people believe communication is becoming increasingly more important.

According to the book of lists, the fear of speaking in public is the #1 fear of all fears. The fear of dying is #7! Over 41% of people have some fear or anxiety dealing with speaking in front of groups. People who have this fear can experience all kinds of symptoms: Sweaty palms, accelerated heart rate, memory loss and even difficulty in breathing.

Believe it or not, your chances of dying of stage fright are extremely slim. You might feel as if you are dying on the stage, but chances are good your audience won't even notice your wobbly knees and sweating armpits. Even the best speakers were once terrified novices, feeling the same symptoms as you when facing an audience. Fear no more! Toastmasters is the best place to learn, to build your confidence, and to push yourself outside your comfort zone. It's a safe place where there is no penalty for failure!

The Toastmasters way of improving your communication skills and overcoming the fear of speaking is based on practice in a friendly environment.

The program contains exercises in listening, planning, evaluating, leading as well as of cause speaking. Everything is needed to become a brilliant speaker. Listening is perhaps the most important factor in becoming a good communicator, and not just listening to the spoken word, but also listening to the body language and to the voice.

Every leader and manager should be good evaluators - but most are not! You need to train evaluating the performance and not the person. You need to train to express your appreciation of the good elements of the performance and give constructive feedback on the elements that could be improved.

Through the Toastmasters program participant slowly build their skills and by that also their self confidence.

Not many will achieve the level as a speaker as Barack Obama, but that is probably not the goal for very many either - Everybody can improve.

I can't figure out why Toastmasters have only 260.000 members worldwide - It should be obvious that it would be beneficial to many millions... And because Toastmasters is a non-profit organisation it is even cheap to be a member.

Could somebody please tell me why people don't join their local Toastmasters Club?

I am trying to revive an Ecademy Club dedicated to getting more out of being a Toastmaster. Please join. And please tell me what you need to happen in this club.

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Jayne Albiston


Why join Toastmasters

I agree withy John, Erik. I do think that the name is now outdated and misleading to most of today's generation. While not knowing too much I would suggest that perhaps a rebrand and a relaunch could be a great idea. Perhaps more coverage in social media. I think most of us would not hear much about toastmasters nowadays and perhaps some would even wonder if it still is in operation. Perhaps Toastmasters needs to make more of a noise!!


Angus Whitton


Why join Toastmasters

Hi Erik, The slogan is good, but certainly to me, 'Toastmaster', means someone who announces guests at a formal occasion, and calms down the audience to accept a 'real' more qualified speaker. I suspect I am not alone in my thinking.. I also suspect that many of us here, usually only speak to a very small audience and normally in a boardroom setting. In the rare case where a large audience is encountered I personally hire a professional to do it. It's a simple question of time management for me, I always outsource when it's both practical and cheaper. Kind regards Angus


Gordon Wheaton


Why join Toastmasters

It is a great Slogan Eric Regards Gordon