The education program is an important part of every Toastmaster’s journey and is a critical aspect of every club meeting around the world. The Toastmasters Education Program is based on a proven curriculum that enables you to develop your communication and leadership skills one step at a time. The program is built on four guiding principles that have been in place since Toastmasters was founded in 1924:
- Experiential Learning–we learn by doing; by giving speeches and fulfilling leadership roles, we practice and improve
- Self-paced Program–we learn best at our own pace and comfort level
- Peer Feedback–through honest and supportive peer evaluation, we grow and improve
- Mentoring–experienced members encourage, guide and support us in our goals and help us to achieve more than we thought possible
The program comprises two tracks: Communication and Leadership. The two tracks are not mutually exclusive; you may participate in both at the same time, if you wish. You progress through each track by completing a series of manuals that contain projects and evaluation guides. There are many opportunities for awards and recognition along the way.
The 10 speech projects in the Competent Communication manual help you develop your speaking skills one step at a time. When you finish all of the projects, you are eligible for the Competent Communicator award.
1) The Ice Breaker
2) Organize Your Speech
3) Get to the Point
4) How to Say It
5) Your Body Speaks
6) Vocal Variety
7) Research Your Topic
8) Get Comfortable with Visual Aids
9) Persuade with Power
10) Inspire Your Audience
This is the core of the Leadership track. The Competent Leadership manual features 10 projects that you complete while serving in various club meeting roles. An evaluator will give you feedback on each project, helping you to improve. When you complete the manual, you are eligible for the Competent Leader award.
2) Critical Thinking
3) Giving Feedback
4) Time Management
5) Planning and Implementation
6) Organization and Delegation
10) Team Building