At Toastmasters, members learn by speaking to groups and working with others in a supportive environment. A typical Toastmasters club is made up of 20 to 30 people who meet once a week for approximately an hour. Each meeting gives members several opportunities:
- Conduct meetings: Members learn how to plan and conduct meetings.
- Give impromptu speeches: Members present one- to two minute, impromptu speeches about assigned topics.
- Present prepared speeches: Members present speeches based on projects from Toastmasters’ communication and leadership program. Projects cover topics such as speech organization, vocal variety, language, gestures and persuasion.
- Offer constructive evaluation: Every speaker is assigned an evaluator who points out speech strengths and offers suggestions for improvement.