The Toastmaster Way

The organization has more than 357,700 memberships in 16,672 clubs in 143 countries.
Communication and Leadership Development

The educational program is the heart of every Toastmasters club. It provides members with a proven curriculum that develops communication and leadership skills one step at a time, with many opportunities for awards and recognition along the way. The communication and leadership tracks are not mutually exclusive; you may participate in both at the same time if you wish.


You progress along each track by working through a series of manuals, each of which offers a set of carefully crafted projects to complete.

Each project includes an evaluation guide, which gives club members an easy way to provide immediate feedback as the project is completed.

Once you become a member, you can begin the educational program right away.


Please refer to the following manuals to get you started in both tracks:


  • Competent Communication   

  • Competent Leadership

  • Your Speaking Voice

  • Effective Evaluation

  • Gestures: Your Body Speaks


Communication Track

Members who wish to focus on communication skills begin with the Competent Communication manual that’s included in the New Member Kit. Once they have completed this manual, they can progress to the Advanced Communication Series.


Of course, the Toastmasters educational program only makes sense from a club perspective. Speaking and leadership skills cannot be learned in isolation; to get the full benefit of the Toastmasters experience, you have to join a club!

Competent Communication Projects


  1. The Ice Breaker

  2. Organize Your Speech

  3. Get to the Point

  4. How to Say It

  5. Your Body Speaks

  6. Vocal Variety

  7. Research Your Topic

  8. Get Comfortable with Visual Aids

  9. Persuade with Power

  10. Inspire Your Audience


Leadership Track

Members working in the leadership track learn and practice leadership skills by serving in club roles.


After earning the CL award you can further refine and develop your leadership skills by working in the advanced leader program. Members working in this program are eligible for Advanced Leader Bronze (ALB) and Advanced Leader Silver (ALS) recognition.

Video of Ramona Smith delivering her winning speech titled "Still Standing.". TM Ramona Smith is the current World Champion of Public Speaking in 2018.