Education is an important part of every Toastmaster’s journey, and it is a critical aspect of all club meetings around the world.
Who Can Benefit from Toastmasters Education Program?
The Toastmasters Education Program is suitable for everyone keen to learn and grow:
- As a young professional, your involvement in Toastmasters provides leads to achievement and accomplishment, results in professional confidence and , offers social and professional networks.
- As a mid-career professional, your involvement in Toastmasters provides networking and skill-building opportunities, offers an opportunity to reach your ultimate potential and reignite your passion.
- For anyone interested in personal building skills, your involvement in Toastmasters provides increased personal growth opportunities, broadens your communication and leadership skill sets and results in increased confidence, all-in-all leading to self-improvement.
Note: Gavel clubs are a way of providing the Toastmasters experience to groups who may be ineligible for regular membership due to age (younger than 18 years old) or other circumstances.
The Toastmasters Learning Environment
Develop and practice communication and leadership skills in the safe, supportive environment of your club, working through projects and assignments that enable you to build real–world skills in a variety of disciplines.
Learn at your own pace in a proven curriculum that was built on four guiding principles that have been in place since Toastmasters was founded in 1924:
- Experiential learning – By giving speeches and fulfilling leadership roles, you practice and improve.
- Peer feedback – Grow and improve through honest and supportive peer evaluation.
- Mentoring – Experienced mentors encourage, guide and support you in your goals and help you to achieve more than you thought possible.
- Self-paced program – Develop skills at your own pace and comfort level.
As of current, District 80 (Singapore) provides or supports the following education opportunities:
- Toastmasters Pathways learning experience: Pathways is designed to enrich your lifelong learning journey and help you build the competencies you need to communicate and lead.
- Speechcraft Program: open to the public and organised by Divisions, Areas or Clubs.
- Gavel Clubs: a way of providing the Toastmasters experience to groups who may be ineligible for regular membership due to age, or other circumstances.
The larger Toastmasters International Education Program is comprised of:
- The Pathways learning experience,
- The Youth Leadership Program, a workshop consisting of eight one- to two-hour sessions that enable young people under the age of 18 to develop their communication and leadership skills through practical experience
- The Interpersonal Communication Program that assists teachers or active community members with helping teenagers build effective listening and communication skills while understanding their own communication style
- The Speechcraft Program, a great opportunity for experienced Toastmasters to present the fundamentals of public speaking to non-members. It can be offered as an integral part of your club meeting or as a seminar-style program presented outside of your club. The content can be delivered in four, six or eight sessions
- The Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award represents the highest level of educational achievement in Toastmasters.
- Toastmasters International Accredited Speaker Program, designed for professional speakers who combine expert knowledge in a particular subject with mastery of the spoken word, making them sought-after experts in their respective fields.