Toastmasters - How it all began.

How it began

Toastmasters began as a series of speaking clubs organized by Ralph C. Smedley in 1924 in Illinois, United States. Smedley saw a need in the community to learn how to speak, conduct meetings, plan programs and work on committees.

He decided to organize a club where people could learn these skills in a social environment. 

The group was named the Toastmasters Club - "toastmaster" was a popular term that referred to a person who gave toasts at banquets and other occasions.

What is Toastmasters?

Toastmasters International is an educational non-profit organization that comprises a network of club in 149 countries worldwide. 

The clubs offer frequent, structured meetings for giving speeches, gaining feedback, taking leadership roles and guiding others to achieve their goals in a supportive atmosphere. 

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Toastmasters in the world

The Leipzig Toastmasters Club is part of Toastmasters International. 

Our organization has more than 352,000 mebers. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the > 15 800 clubs in 149 countries.