Toastmasters is a non-profit organization with roots in the US. Members organize themselves in local "clubs" and support each other in learning and practicing free speech to the public. The international organization (Toastmasters International) provides training content and an e-learning platform.
All tasks in the club and beyond are organized by the members themselves - all functions up to the international president are honorary! These features provide many opportunities to acquire practical skills from self-organization to the management of large projects.
The first unofficial Toastmaster meeting in the world took place in 1905. It then took until the formal founding of the first official club until 1924. A good summary of the story can be found on the Toastmasters International website.
Today, there are more than 16,000 clubs in over 140 countries around the world - with Toastmasters being much better known in the English-speaking world than here. An impressively long list of all clubs can be found here. The 12 Austrian clubs can be found in "Region 10 - District 109 - Division F". (Our club is not yet listed because we just started).
Each member should be on stage at least once at each meeting in order to learn actively. You only learn to talk by talking! If clubs have too many members after a few years, this promise can no longer be reliably met. New clubs are creating new space for new members.
Our club was recognized as an Official Toastmaster Club in early June 2019. We do not have a waiting list and look forward to all who want to join!
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