Members realize the benefits of Toastmasters through the proven educational programs. It is important to motivate members to participate in Toastmasters’ educational programs and activities.
The education 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.
It is important to motivate members to participate in and progress through Toastmasters’ educational programs and activities.
Visit Toastmasters International’s Educational Program overview to learn more.
The Pathways Learning Experience is the primary education program. Pathways is designed to help you build the skills you need to communicate and lead. It is comprised of 10 paths that develop more than 300 unique competencies. Read more about Pathways on our Pathways page.
The Traditional Education Program (“Tracks”) was supplanted by Pathways in 2017. Toastmaster members who joined prior to the Pathways rollout can continue in the traditional program until June 30, 2020.
Education Beyond the Club
Toastmasters offers unique opportunities to take the communication and leadership experience beyond the confines of the clubs. Community-based programs such as Speechcraft, Interpersonal Communication, and the Youth Leadership Program help to spread the word about Toastmasters and help members achieve important educational goals at the same time. Additionally, seasoned Toastmaster members can turn their speaking skills into paid speaking opportunities with the Accredited Speaker Program.
Youth Leadership Program
Think of the successful leaders you know. They probably have one trait in common–the ability to communicate effectively.
Kids need the Youth Leadership program so they can grow to meet the challenges of adulthood and leadership successfully. Sponsored and conducted by Toastmasters International and its local clubs, Youth Leadership helps young people build their communication and leadership skills so they may become tomorrow’s leaders in business, industry, and the community.
Purpose of the Program
Every young person has the potential to become a good communicator and leader, but this potential needs to be developed. The program’s unique eight-session, workshop-style design enables participants to develop this potential through practical experience.
The program is not in competition with school programs or courses, or other established youth projects. Instead, it’s a supplement to these programs, providing emphasis on specialized speaking and leadership skills, and individual needs.
Interpersonal Communication Program
Helps teens build effective listening and communication skills while understanding their own communication style. The program features materials designed for teachers and other adult community members who mentor young people.
The Speechcraft program allows experienced Toastmasters to present the fundamentals of public speaking to non-members in an atmosphere of a Toastmasters club meeting. It’s a great way to promote membership in your community or company club, as Speechcraft brings prospective new members to a meeting to see, first-hand, what Toastmasters is all about.
Speechcraft has several benefits. Participants become a part of your club meetings. They come to know and enjoy the club’s fellowship while gaining confidence and training in their communication skills. Many Toastmasters members indicate they joined their club because they participated in a Speechcraft program. Clubs that conduct a Speechcraft program at least once each year have few membership problems.
Speechcraft also benefits the members of your club. The program gives club members new opportunities to exercise their communication and leadership abilities. It also increases interest and attendance among all members.
Accredited Speaker Program
Put Your Professional Speaking Skills to the Test-Show the World that You’re an Accredited Speaker
The Toastmasters International Accredited Speaker Program is designed for professional speakers who combine expert knowledge in a particular subject with mastery of the spoken word, making them sought-after experts in their respective fields. They’re able to convey their unique message in engaging, informative speeches to audiences both large and small. Because their skills and expertise make them in-demand speakers and valued subject matter resources to organizations and companies, they’re regularly hired and paid to speak professionally. This income represents all or a significant part of their annual earnings.
Does this sound like you? If you’ve got what it takes, you’re invited to apply for the Accredited Speaker Program. Learn more on the Toastmasters International website.
Club Officer Resources
Visit Toastmasters International’s Club officer tools and resources, including membership building and management, public relations and marketing, club management software, club stationery, and more.
Distinguished Club Program (DCP)
The Distinguished Club Program helps your club accomplish its purpose by focusing on educational achievements, membership growth, and administrative responsibilities. Click DCP Guide for details.
Check on the status of your Club’s Distinguished Club Progress. Follow the DCP Reports link, DCP by Division/Area to District 13 DCP report.