Educational Program

Overview

Toastmasters provide two educational tracks: a communication track, in which you develop your speaking skills, and a leadership track, in which you develop leadership skills.

You can participate in both tracks at the same time or choose just one to start. The great advantage is that you decide which track you want to complete, or you may work in both tracks at the same time. The ultimate recognition is the Distinguished Toastmaster award, given to those who have worked in both tracks and have received the Advanced Communicator Gold and Advanced Leader Silver awards.

When you complete the first 10 speech projects (Competent Communicator award), or your first 10 leadership projects (Competent Leadership award) you will receive a certificate you can display at home or in the office. If you wish, Toastmasters International will also send a letter to your employer about your accomplishment. The diagram below shows the award progression in each track:

educational program diagram

Communication Path

Members interested in building their public speaking and communication skills begin with Competent Communication.

Competent Communication

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.

Advanced Communication

After receiving the Competent Communicator award, you can begin to develop more advanced speaking and communication skills through the Advanced Communication Series manuals. There are 15 in all, each containing five speech projects. Many of the manuals are career-oriented. You choose the manuals you want to complete and the skills you want to learn.

By the end of these paths, you will be an accomplished public speaker! To find out more about the communication path, downlod the membership pack below.

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Leaderhip Path

Competent Leadership Track

Many Toastmasters members join with the intention of improving their leadership skills – if this sounds like you then maybe you are an ideal candidate for the leadership path.

The initial competent leadership track is based on ten projects gives you the opportunity to learn practical leadership experience during each club meeting, serving in the various roles. You can learn how to listen, think critically, plan, organise, manage time, facilitate, motivate, mentor and build a team.

Advanced Leadership Track

After earning the Competent Leadership award, you can further refine and develop more complex leadership skills by completing projects in manuals that are part of the Advanced Leader Program.

To find out more about the leadership track, download the membership pack below.

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Advanced Manuals

After competing your first manual, you can begin refining and enhancing your basic speaking skills in the Advanced Communication and Leadership Program. Some manuals focus on career-related presentations, such as public relations and technical speeches. Others address topics such as interpersonal communication, humour and storytelling. You choose the manuals to compete and the skills you want to learn.

Examples of Advanced Manuals

The Entertaining Speaker

Speaking to Inform

Public Relations

The Discussion Leader

Speciality Speeches

Speeches by Management

Useful Links

Toastmaster Roles

Information on the different Toastmaster Roles.

Speaking Tips

Speaking tips to help hone your communication skills.

Videos

Useful Toastmasters related videos.

Toastmasters Portal

How to guide and access to the Toastmasters Portal.

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