The education program is an important part of every Toastmaster’s journey and a critical aspect of every club meeting around the world. The Toastmasters Education Program is based on a proven curriculum that enables you to develop your communication and leadership skills one step at a time. The program is built on four guiding principles:
- Experiential Learning: we learn by doing; by giving speeches and fulfilling leadership roles, we practice and improve
- Self-Paced Program: we learn best at our own pace and comfort level
- Peer Feedback: through honest and supportive peer evaluation, we grow and improve
- Mentoring: experienced members encourage, guide and support us on the road to achieve our goals and help us to accomplish more than we thought possible
There are 5 elements to the educational program through which each Toastmaster engages and develops their skills:
Club Coach: For clubs with 12 or fewer members, the Club Coach Program provides the tools to help increase membership growth and retention.
Mentoring: Our mentoring program pairs an experienced person (mentor) with a less experienced person (mentee). In a mentor-mentee relationship, the mentee is learning a skill, while the mentor is demonstrating and learning leadership.
Pathways: Members choose from 11 unique learning Paths and work through five levels of increasing complexity with two to three projects per level for a total of at least 14 projects per path. Each project focuses on one theme to help improve communication and leadership skills in a particular area.
Speechcraft: An intensive public speaking course, offered to non-Toastmasters or to new members of Toastmasters, focusing on the fundamentals of public speaking, communication, and leading meetings. It teaches basic skills: speaking, listening, introducing a speaker, evaluating, giving feedback, and meeting roles.
Youth Leadership: An eight-week program to help young people develop their communication and leadership skills so that they may become tomorrow's leaders in business, industry and the community. The Program is based on the belief that every young person has the potential to become a good communicator and leader, but this potential needs to be developed.