What is Toastmasters International (TMI)?
In 1924, in Santa Ana, California, Ralph C Smedley founded the first Toastmasters club as a way to teach public speaking skills in a friendly and supportive environment.
At the time of writing, Toastmasters International has 14,350 clubs with over 292,000 members in 122 countries.
Toastmasters International is structured around its members who are at the top of the TMI organisational chart.
A Toastmasters meeting is a ‘learn-by-doing workshop’ where members practise and improve their speaking and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment.
One of the most effective ways of improving your skills is by peer evaluation and everything in a Toastmasters meeting is evaluated by the members.
Members learn speaking skills by working their way through the 10 projects in the Competent Communication manual.
They learn leadership skills by working their way through the 10 projects in the Competent Leadership manual.
Members work through the manuals at their own pace and there is no pressure to go faster or slower; no exams to sit; no assessments to hand in – just honest, valuable feedback.
Waverley Communicators is one of the 14,350 clubs in the Toastmasters International (TMI) organisation.
For more information about TMI go to www.toastmasters.org