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The Worldwide Pioneer in Communication and Leadership Development
Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Founded in October 1924, the organization’s membership exceeds 292,000 in more than 14,350 clubs in 122 countries. Each week, Toastmasters helps more than a quarter million people of every ethnicity, education and profession build their competence in communication so they can gain the confidence to lead others.
Toastmasters International Mission
We empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.
Toastmasters International Envisioned Future
To be the first-choice provider of dynamic, high-value, experiential communication and leadership skills development.
Toastmasters International Values:
In 1924, Dr. Ralph C. Smedley held the first official Toastmasters meeting in a basement of the YMCA,
in Santa Ana, California. Smedley began working for the YMCA after he graduated college. Observing
that many of its patrons needed public speaking training, he decided to help them with a training
format that was similar to a social club. At this first meeting, members practiced speaking skills in a
supportive, informal atmosphere. The seedling club blossomed and by the 1930s the organization
charted its first international club in Vancouver, Canada. In 1973, Toastmasters met an important
milestone by opening membership to women.
Why name it “Toastmasters”? - During the early 1900s, the word “toastmaster” referred to a person
who proposed the toasts and introduced speakers at banquets. Ralph C. Smedley coined the first
group “The Toastmasters Club” because he thought it suggested a pleasant, social atmosphere.
Since 1924, Toastmasters International has evolved into a worldwide leader in communication and
leadership development for men and women. Toastmasters membership has played a critical role in
transforming the world of communication.