Toastmasters International

What's the aim of Toastmasters?

Toastmasters International aims to empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.

Toastmasters International achieves this by building new clubs and supporting them.

Through Toastmasters’ support, each club provides a supportive and positive learning experience for their members, which empowers them to develop their communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.

What Are Toastmasters International's Values?





How Did Toastmasters Start in the First Place?

Toastmasters began as a series of speaking clubs organized by Ralph C. Smedley during his time working for the YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) in Bloomington, Illinois, United States. As director of education at the YMCA, Smedley saw a need for the men in the community to learn how to speak, conduct meetings, plan programmes and work on committees, and he wanted to help them.

Smedley decided to organise a club where they could learn these skills in a social environment, and the men responded well to the concept. He named the group the Toastmasters Club; “toastmaster” was a popular term that referred to a person who gave toasts at banquets and other occasions. He held the first unofficial Toastmasters meeting on the 24th March 1905.

Transform your public speaking skills today

Toastmasters Pathways Learning Experience

As a Toastmasters Club, we use Toastmasters International’s Pathways education programme, which helps you practise and grow over 300 practical workplace skills.

Where are we located?

Trafalgar Rowing Club (2nd Floor)
11 – 13 Crane Street
London SE10 9NP

When are these meetings?

Time: 18:45 – 21:00
Date: 2nd and 4th Tuesday every month

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