About Toastmasters

Looking to improve your speaking and leadership skills? Ignite your career? Win that job interview?

You’ve come to the right place. Since 1924, more than 4 million people around the world have become more confident speakers and leaders because of their participation in Toastmasters.

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Today, our membership is 260,000 strong. These members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 12,500-plus clubs that make up our global network of meeting locations.   In the UK and Ireland we have over 250 clubs.  Within Division J, which covers the South West Corner of the UK there are 25 clubs with more on the way– from South Wales, across to Bedfordshire, south to Hampshire and across to Devon and Cornwall.

Membership in Toastmasters is one of the greatest investments you can make in yourself. At less than £50 six months, it is also one of the most cost-effective skill-building tools available anywhere.

How Does It Work?

  • A Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a friendly atmosphere. A typical group has 20 to 40 members who meet weekly, biweekly or monthly. A typical meeting lasts 60 – 90 minutes.
  • There is no instructor in a Toastmasters meeting. Instead, members evaluate one another’s presentations. This feedback process is a key part of the program’s success. Meeting participants also give impromptu talks on assigned topics, conduct meetings and develop skills related to timekeeping, grammar and parliamentary procedure.
  • Members learn communication skills by working in the Competent Communication manual, a series of 10 self-paced speaking assignments designed to instill a basic foundation in public speaking.
On the menu on the right hand side, you will find links to all of our clubs in Division J.  If there isn’t a club where you live, then get in touch – there might be a club there soon, and you could be part of it!

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