Toastmasters was rebranded a couple of years ago. While people that know Toastmasters know it for public speaking, the rebranding showcases the leadership development that has always been there but that has not been so well known.
The educational system within Toastmasters has the better known Communication as well as Leadership tracks
Within the first speech manual, members work on a series of 10 projects or speeches that focus on the basics of public speecking with each project having a different focus.
After completing the first manual and becoming a “Competent Communicator”, members can select from a wide variety of advanced manuals. Each manaul has 5 projects or speeches and the theme include Storytelling, Public Relations, Speaking to Inform, Persuasive Speaking, Technical Presentations, and many more. So it is easy to find a theme that you’d like to work on or develop your skills further.
Within the Competent Leader manual members get credit for taking on roles at club meetings and about 70% of the projects can be completed just by attending meetings and taking on roles. The remaining projects include things like mentoring a new member through their first three speeches and taking part in campaigns or special projects within the club, area, division, or district.
While there are a lot of DTMs within Toastmasters with many new one achieved every year, the majority of members don‘t achieve this award. Wiithin Word Weavera we have one member that has already achieved DTM and two more that should be achieving this in the coming weeks.
Now that you‘ve seen the Communication and Leadership Tracks, you have a better understanding of this picture.
This is Toastmaster view of the world as of July 2011.
In the 2014-15 Toastmaster year, D71 and D59 will be spliting from 2 to 4 districts. This year D59 is being divided into a Northeast and Southwest, with a few key district oficers having two people in preparation for the official split next year.
Members are the focus of most everything that is done at Toastmasters. Members make up Clubs, Clubs make up Areas, Areas form Divisions, Divisions form Districts, and Districts then form Regions.
The World Champion of Public Speaking is determined at the International Convention. Each holds a club contest where the winners advance through series of contests that lead to the Annual Convention usually held in the Summer. There is also a series of contests in the Fall, but this ends at the District level. Next year the Annual Convention is being held in Kuala Lumpur. I highly recommend attending the District 59 Fall Conference being held in Budapest, as it will be one of the last opportunities to meet with Toastmasters from Contental Europe.
When asked why people joined Toastmasters surveys tend to show these reasons why people join Toastmasters.
Toastmasters provides many opportunities for members to mentor and to be mentored. You can use your mentoring experiences in other parts of your life (professionally and in other organizations that you belong to).
Ultimately the number speeches and frequency that you give them is totally up to you, but you have a friendly environment where people want to see you improve and succeed.
Word Weavers/Word Weavers/
Toastmasters 101Toastmasters 101
Established in 1924
More than 270,000 members in
over 13,000 clubs in 116 countries
around the world
Toastmasters- Where Leaders Are
Facts and Figures
Use of humor
The Communication Track
Competent Communicator (CC)
10 speeches from the CC manual
Advanced Communicator – Bronze (ACB)
Complete speeches in 2 Advanced manuals (~10
Advanced Communicator – Silver (ACS)
2 more Advanced manuals
Conduct any two programs from The Better
Speaker Series and/or The Successful Club
Communication Awards (2)
Advanced Communicator – Gold (ACG)
2 more Advanced Manuals
Conduct a Success/Leadership Program,
Success/Communication Program or a
Youth Leadership Program
Coach a new member with the first three
Choose from 15 advanced
communication manuals to learn
skills specific to your interests.
Competent Leader (CL)
Complete CL Manual (10 projects)
Advanced Leader – Bronze (AL-B)
Achieved Competent Leader award
Achieved Competent Communicator award
Served at least six months as a club officer and
participated in the preparation of a Club Success
Plan while serving in this office
While serving in the above office, participated in a
district-sponsored club officer training program
Conduct any two programs from The Successful Club
Series and/or The Leadership Excellence Series
Leadership Awards (2)
Advanced Leader – Silver (ALS)
Achieved Advanced Leader Bronze award
Served a complete term as a district officer
(district governor, lieutenant governor, public
relations officer, secretary, treasurer, division
governor or area governor)
Completed the High Performance Leadership
Served successfully as a club sponsor, mentor
Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)
Achieved Advanced Communicator Gold
Achieved Advanced Leader Silver award
Distinguished Toastmaster is the highest
recognition a member may receive.
D59 & D71
Europe is now D71 & D51***Europe is now D71 & D51***
Toastmasters International Annual
August 21-24, 2013 in Cincinnati, U.S.A
District 59 Fall Conference
November 15-17, 2013 in Budapest, Hungary
Club meetings on the 1st
, & 5th
Wednesday of each month
Put them on your calendar NOW!!
Why did you join Toastmasters?
Improve my communications abilities
“I wanted to become better at public speaking”
Improve my leadership skills (64%)
What is the value of the Club?
Practice in public speaking
To help you become a better and more
To meet new people and acquire
Why should I achieve
Sense of personal achievement & success
Conquer, or at least manage, fear of public
Successful people set difficult goals & achieve
in spite of fear or other negative thoughts
Educational awards are recognized world-wide
Leadership positions demonstrate leadership
I’m afraid to give speeches.
There are many roles to be played in a meeting,
speaker is but one. Dip your toe in the water by
participating as a timer, grammarian, or table topics
You don’t have to give a speech until you’re ready.
Your Mentor will work with you.
I don’t like evaluating people or being
I don’t like being evaluated on something that
I know I’m not good at.
The evaluation process provides only constructive feedback.
Listening to analyze or evaluate is a skill that most of us need
You will get more comfortable with receiving and giving
evaluations once you start practicing that skill.
The only way to get better at something is to practice!
Other speakers in the club don’t seem
to be as skilled as I am, so what can I
gain by joining?
Toastmasters improves your listening skills and your
ability to handle one-on-one conversations.
You also extend your personal network by meeting
Practical presentation experience
A safe place to make mistakes
A self-paced program
Weekly, bi-weekly or monthly interactive meetings
Impromptu speaking opportunities
Participation in leadership through meeting roles
Personal attention in small group setting
Opportunities to lead meetings
Develop critical-thinking skills
Build listening skills
Give and receive constructive feedback
Become more confident in front of a group
Learn time-management skills
Benefit from a supportive environment
Develop leadership skills
Unlimited personal growth
Clear communication skills
Positive mentoring relationships
Improved leadership skills
Commit to Toastmasters NOW!
Make Toastmasters a priority!
Put the meetings on your calendar NOW!
Come to the meetings and participate!
Rotate into all meeting roles this year
Signup for meeting roles in advance
Set personal goals
Give your ice-breaker speech this year
Complete 5 speeches this year
Get your CC by 6/30/2014!
Let us know what your goals are and how we can help
Help recruit new members
Your feedback is always welcome
, and 5th
Wednesday of each month
Meeting starts at 19:30 at the Nonnenhof
in Wiesbaden Biebrich
There is a social dinner at 18:15 and many
members socialize after our meetings
Agenda is prepared in advance and the
link is usually issued via email prior to the
Grammarian / Ah Counter
Word of the Day/ Joke of the Day
Table Topics Master
Members should sign-up for meeting roles
IN ADVANCE of the meeting
Speakers should provide Toastmaster with
an introduction for him/herself IN
Members should try all of the meeting
roles at least once
Bring your manual when you give a
If you need help or guidance…
Seek out your Mentor or a Club Officer
Club Officers for July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014
Darryl Heron, President
Bryan Senter, Vice President – Education
Patrizia Weller, Vice President – Membership
Karin Hirth, Vice President – Public Relations
Isabella Grube, Secretary
Martin Launert, Treasurer
Gabi Bauer, Sergeant at Arms
Agenda is managed through the website
Website tracks participation and # speeches given
Club & individual goals can be managed through the
Club calendar, pictures, and other documents are also
Some areas are available to members only with a valid