Imperial College Speakers is part of Toastmasters International, being one of the over 13,000 clubs in 116 countries all over the world. Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Signing up as a member of Toastmasters International is more than just appearing at meetings and giving a speech now and then. Toastmasters is about being part of a supportive group of individuals in your local area who share the common goal of improving their communication and leadership skills.
The Toastmasters programme will give you the skills and confidence to effectively express yourself in any situation. Upon joining Toastmasters, a new member will receive two manuals: Competent Communication and Competent Leadership. He/she will also be entitled to a monthly subscription to the Toastmasters magazine.
- Competent Communication manual
The heart of the Toastmasters curriculum is defined by the Competent Communication manual and a series of fifteen advanced manuals. As mentioned in the previous paragraph, a new member begins with the Competent Communication manual, which provide the details on ten speech projects, each building upon the other in skills and difficulty. For each project, the member prepares and delivers a speech in front of the club, after which another Toastmaster will evaluate the presenter based on certain criteria for each project. The distinctive feature of Toastmasters is this continual evaluation because this near-immediate feedback provides the member with information on how he or she can improve his or her presentation skills for the next speech and is intended to provide a positive experience for the speaker.
After achieving their CC, the Toastmaster will be entitled to the Competent Communicator award and then can proceed to the advanced manuals. There are 15 advanced manuals in the Toastmasters program, each consisting of five projects and focusing on a particular aspect of communication, be it sales presentations, speeches by management, interpretative reading, speaking on television, entertaining dinner speaking or news media. The Advanced Communicator awards are given to members who complete two manuals per level. There are three levels of Advanced Communicator, Bronze, Silver, and Gold, with the respective post-nominals ACB, ACS, and ACG.
- Competent Leadership Manual
When a person joins a Toastmasters club, they are also given a copy of the Competent Leadership manual, which contains ten projects which can be completed by serving in various meeting roles, as well as participating in and/or organising club contests, membership campaigns, and PR campaigns in their club. After completing the Competent Leadership manual, members can go on toward the Advanced Leader awards, which are given in two levels, Bronze and Silver (with post-nominal ALB and ALS, respectively).
As you progress in Toastmasters, you’ll get to practice your skills by organising and conducting meetings and motivating others to help you. Become a better negotiator. Gain trust. Inspire your team.
Every club has their own agenda for each meeting, as well as roles for members to play. Read more about our meetings here.