Toastmasters International

A banner from Aetna club 3610 with all its many ribbons—each one the result of successful leadership

Toastmasters International, with over 250,000 members and over 10,000 clubs, in a 103 countries is a training organization which is roughly equivalent to a franchised operation, all staffed by volunteers. It presents many leadership opportunities

  • Club members can assist with the many projects that clubs tackle, such as Speechcraft, special events such as induction dinners, and the like
  • Club members can volunteer to run the club. Positions are President, the VPE or Chief Training Officer, the VPM and VPPR who form the club's marketing team, the Operations Officer, also known as the Sergeant, as well as the Treasurer and Secretary
  • Clubs around the world are organised into Areas, and these collections of clubs need to be administered
  • Areas are organised into Divisions. The person who runs a Division is a Division Governor. This is roughly equivalent to a regional manager, running a large geographical area.
  • Divisions are organised into Districts, each with its own team of seven which mirrors the Club leadership structure. To qualify to serve as one of top three positions at a District level, you need to have served a term as an Area Governor or Division Governor.
  • Districts in North America are organised into Regions. Other Districts are not assigned to regions; these are known as Districts Not Assigned to Regions (DNAR).
  • Regions (and DNAR) have directors
  • Ordinary Toastmasters can stand for the office of International President, on the main board of Toastmasters International.

In addition to these leadership opportunities, Toastmasters International in 2006 released the Competent Leadership Manual, the first step in the Leadership Track of the Toastmasters Educational Program.

Leadership within Toastmasters[]

Types of Club, their formats, problems and solutions[]

  • Advanced Clubs
  • Corporate Clubs
  • Community Clubs

Club Leadership Roles and Opportunities[]

  • Roles and responsibiliies of Club Officers or Office Bearers.
  • Using the Distinguished Club Program
  • Empowering your Standing Committees
  • Planning Exciting, Educational and Goal Satisfying Club Meetings
  • Planning for Growth: Building Membership
  • Club Communications and Public Relations
  • Leading a Corporate or restricted membership club:
  • Leading a Community or open membership club:
  • Mentoring for New Members
    • Tips and "How to's" for Toastmaster Mentors.
  • Club Officer Training

Area, Division or District Leadership Roles and Opportunities[]

  • Building New Clubs
    • Looking for leads and New Club Prospects
    • The Toastmasters Demonstration Meeting
    • New Club Sponsors and Mentors
    • New Club Charter Presentation
  • Tips and "How to's" for Club Rescue
    • Club coach Appointment
    • Coaches working with a struggling or low membership Club.
  • Area, Division, and District Council Meetings
  • Distinguished Area and Division Programs
  • Distinguished District Program
  • District co-ordinators

Mentoring New Leaders and Succession Planning[]

  • Mentors
  • Officer Succession Planning

Toastmasters Leadership Programs[]

New Competent Leader (CL)[]

  • The 10-project Competent Leadership manual will help you develop leadership skills while serving in various club meeting roles, e.g. Evaluator, General Evaluator, Toastmaster, Table Topic Master. Toastmasters International began issuing the new CL award in July 2006.
  • CL Award Requirements:
    • Complete the Competent Leadership manual
  • The new 10-Project CL Goals and Objectives
    • There are 22 small tasks over the 10 projects
    • 19 of the 22 small tasks are meeting roles
  • Tips and Lessons Learned

Consider how you can Improve Adoption of the New Competent Leader Manual.


  • ALB Award Requirements:
  1. Achieved Competent Leader (CL) award;
  2. Achieved Competent Communicator (CC) award (or achieved Competent Toastmaster CTM award);
  3. Served at least six months as a club officer (president, vice president education, vice president membership, vice president public relations, secretary, treasurer or sergeant at arms) and participated in the preparation of a Club Success Plan while serving in this office
  4. While serving in the above office, participated in a district-sponsored club officer training program; and
  5. Conducted any two programs from The Successful Club Series and/or The Leadership Excellence Series.


  • ALS Award Requirements:
  1. Achieved Advanced Leader Bronze award (or “old” Competent Leader award);
  2. Served a complete term as a district officer (District Governor, Lieutenant Governor (LGET or LGM), Public Relations Officer (PRO), District Secretary or Treasurer, Division or Area governor;
  3. Completed the High Performance Leadership program; and
  4. Served successfully as a club sponsor, mentor or coach.

High Performance Leadership[]

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How to run a successful speech competition[]

Being a successful Contest Chair or Contestmaster[]

Being a successful Contest Judge or Chief Judge[]

  • The Role of the Judge
  • Judging
  • Timers and Counters
  • Ethics and Special Situations

How to run a successful Toastmasters conference[]

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People Resources: Chairs, Co-chairs and Team Leaders[]

  • Conference Chairs or Co-chairs
  • Registration Chair
  • Education Program Chair
  • Conference Hospitality
  • Conference Promotion and Publicity
  • The Roles/Responsibilites of the LGET and the PRO

Conference Planning and Preparation[]

  • Site or Venue Selection
  • Food Service and Banquets
  • Registration and Financial Planning
  • Conference Publicity and Public Relations
  • Hospitality, Sightseeing and Tours
  • Preparing for International Director Visits
  • Preparing for Presidential Visits
  • Conference Planning Resources

Educational Programming: Seminars, Workshops and Contests[]

  • Educational Sessions
  • Debates and Panel Discussions
  • Supplemental Officer Training
  • Speech Contests

Special Toastmaster Awards and Recognitions[]

  • Hall of Fame: Member and Club Award Recognitions
  • Communication & Leadership Award Selection/Presentation

Effective Leadership Resources[]

Quotes for Inspired Leadership[]

  • “I’ve never met anyone who didn’t think Toastmasters was super valuable to their career. We gain self-esteem, self-confidence, assertiveness. This makes us better salespeople, better managers, better leaders ..." - Harvey Mackay, Bestselling Author
  • “If you want your dreams to come true you must have confidence in yourself and your abilities. A Toastmasters Club can give you that confidence. Make your dreams a reality. Join a Toastmasters Club.” - Les Brown, Author– Live Your Dreams

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Leadership Bibliography and Book Reviews[]

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External Links[]


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