The education program is an important part of every Toastmaster's journey
and is a critical aspect of every club meeting around the world
Two Tracks Of Development
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
Members interested in building their public speaking and communication skills begin with 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 Track
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.
Members interested in building their leadership skills begin with Competent Leadership.
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.
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.