Founded in California in 1924, Toastmasters has 357,000 members in 143 countries. About 1,700 were at the convention, attending networking lunches and talks with titles like, “How to Get What You Want: Influencing Others Into Action.”
With a speech titled “Still Standing,” Ramona J. Smith, a high school teacher from Houston, Texas, won the 2018 Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking
Lark Doley is the new International President of Toastmasters International. Doley assumed the one-year term at the organization's 87th annual International Convention.
Toastmasters has seen its membership increase every year since 1994. Since then, membership has more than doubled. Today, Toastmasters has more than 357,000 members in 16,600 clubs and a presence in 143 countries.
Toastmasters International has launched the Pathways learning experience. The launch marks the first complete redesign of Toastmasters’ education program since the organization was founded in 1924.
There is no way to get better at telling stories to people than by telling stories to people. There is no substitute for experience. “You just have to get up and do it,” said Aaron Beverly, who finished second in the Toastmasters world championship of public speaking in 2016.
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To be successful, it's important to get others on your side and be seen, admired and respected as a leader. "That's where public speaking comes in," Manoj Vasudevan, the 2017 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking.
With a speech titled "Pull Less, Bend More," Manoj Vasudevan won the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking.
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Being a great public speaker requires much more than confidence. It's about connecting to audience members on a personal level and leaving them with a satisfying message they can act on.
The trick is finding a place that provides a warm and supportive atmosphere in which to learn and practice. That place is Toastmasters International.
Toastmasters International, a nonprofit devoted to communication and leadership skills development, has seen 23 years of consecutive membership growth. What’s the secret? An aggressive acquisition strategy.