Toastmasters Company Club
Developing Communication and Leadership Skills
in the New Economy
Table of Contents
• How Toastmasters Can Help Us
• How Toastmasters Meets Our Needs
• How The Program Works
• What Can a Toastmasters Club Do for a Company?
• What’s Required
• Toastmasters Survey & Results
• Financial Support
• Incentives for Members to Attend and Participate
• Next Steps
How Toastmasters Can Help Us
• Our success in business is based on how effective we are.
Through participation in the Toastmasters Communication and
Leadership Program, people from across the firm can learn to
effectively speak, conduct a meeting, manage a department or
business, lead, delegate, and motivate.
How Toastmasters Meets Our Needs
• Established in 1924, Toastmasters International uses time-tested
programs that are continually updated to meet participants needs.
• Self-paced programs allow us to progress as rapidly or gradually as
our needs dictate.
• The hands-on Communication and Leadership Program provides the
"how-to" and the practical experience so critical to progress.
How Toastmasters Meets Our Needs (continued)
• The Toastmasters Program is cost effective, especially when
compared to seminars charging hundreds of dollars per day. There is
a $16 new member fee, and $18 dues every six months.
• An atmosphere of professional camaraderie makes the Toastmasters
Club a unique learning environment -- informal, yet dedicated to
• The Toastmasters Program can be tailored to meet our personal
objectives. Whether we desire improvement in prepared or impromptu
speaking, greater skill in the use of visual aids, experience and
knowledge is to be gained in the areas that most interest us.
How the Program Works
• The Toastmasters program exposes each participant to a wide
range of communication experiences.
– Each new Toastmaster receives a New Member Kit. The kit features a
copy of the basic Communication and Leadership Manual, general
orientation materials and information regarding skill improvement in areas
such as speech evaluation and the use of gestures.
– The initial prepared speeches, as outlined in the basic Communication
and Leadership Program Manual, are designed with the new Toastmaster
– A variety of assigned speeches help the participant develop competency
in areas such as organization, voice inflection and persuasiveness.
– During the meeting's Table Topics Session, members learn to think on
their feet by delivering short impromptu speeches, lasting one to two
How the Program Works (continued)
– After giving a prepared speech, each Toastmaster receives a constructive
speech evaluation. This process recognizes speakers for their strengths
and provides valuable insight into problem areas.
– Upon completion of the basic Communication and Leadership Program,
Toastmasters may participate in the Advanced Communication and
Leadership Program. Participants may choose from specific business
oriented topics such as Speeches by Management and Technical
– Workshop style Success/Leadership Programs are also available, offering
opportunities for further skill development in areas such as leadership,
public speaking and conducting business meetings. These programs are
especially effective as in-house training and can be tailored to meet the
needs of a Company Club.
What Can a Toastmasters Club Do for a Company?
• In recent years, nearly half of all new Toastmasters Clubs have
been formed with companies. Why? Much of any company's
success depends on communication. Employees face an
endless exchange of ideas, messages, and information as they
deal with one another and with clients day after day. How well
they communicate can determine whether a company quickly
grows into an industry leader or joins thousands of other
businesses mired in mediocrity. Toastmasters provides the
tools that enable employees to become effective communicators
and leaders all at a very low cost.
What Can a Toastmasters Club Do for a Company?
• Toastmasters training helps employees:
– Give better sales presentations
– Hone their management skills
– Work better with fellow employees
– Effectively develop and present ideas
– Offer constructive criticism
– Accept criticism more objectively
• Toastmasters produces results. Around the world more than
three million men and women of all ages and occupations have
benefited from Toastmasters training, and more than one
thousand corporations, community groups, universities,
associations, and government agencies now use Toastmasters
• A new Toastmasters Club must have a minimum of 20
members. In addition to a $95.00 Charter Fee, the costs of
starting a new Company Club are as follows:
– All new members pay a one-time new member fee of $16.00 (Transfer,
dual, or reinstated members need not pay this fee).
– All members of the new Club pay six months' advance dues of $18.00.
– Each Club may also choose to assess local chapter dues for each
member to cover additional costs, i.e., Club banner, awards,
• We recently surveyed some prospective members through a
Lotus Note email. The survey targeted employees who
attended one of the following courses within the last year:
– Effective Meetings
– Effective Presentations
– Influencing Skills
• As the results on the next page illustrate, 38 out of 40
employees are interested in joining a Toastmasters Company
The survey results clearly
illustrate the interest in
joining a TM Corp. Club
The results indicate that a meeting
on Tuesday or Wednesday would
be most desirable
The results indicate that a
lunchtime meeting is preferred
The results also indicate that bi-
weekly meetings are preferred
$44 per member covers start-up
member fees for the first six months,
thus 20 new members = $880
Start-up Member Fees for 20 Fees for 30
Fees Fees Members Members Notes
Charter Fee $ 95.00
New Member Fee $ 16.00 $ 320.00 $ 480.00 Paid only once
Semi-annual Fee $ 18.00 $ 720.00 $ 1,080.00 Paid on 4/10, 10/10
Club Fee $ 10.00 $ 400.00 $ 600.00 Used for supplies, etc. (semi-annual)
Member Lunch $ 5.00 $ 2,400.00 $ 3,600.00 Based on 24 meetings
Banner $ 50.00 One time purchase
Pins (CTM, ATM, DTM) $ 50.00 One year supply
Ribbons $ 50.00 These costs are One year supply
Voting Ballots $ 50.00 estimated and will be One year supply
Certificates $ 50.00 expensed as incurred Two club contests per year
Trophies $ 100.00 Two club contests per year
Total $ 445.00 $ 49.00 $ 3,840.00 $ 5,760.00
A total cost of $95 + $34 x # of new
$445 covers the charter members will be sent to Toastmasters
fee and supplies to get International to charter the new club. The
us up-and-running remaining fees will be used to buy supplies
and support the start-up of the club.
Incentives for Members to Attend and Participate
• As an incentive for new members to attend and participate in the
new Toastmasters Company Club, members will be required to
pay the new member fee (i.e., $44) upon joining. They will be
reimbursed during the semi-annual period (i.e., 4/1 & 10/1) if
they meet the following minimal requirements (as monitored by
the VPs of Education and Membership):
– Attend 25% of the scheduled meetings within the 6 month period.
– Present or evaluate at least 1 speech during the same period.
– Serve as either Toastmaster, Table Topics Master, or General Evaluator
at least once during the same period.
Note: Members not meeting the requirements will forfeit their reimbursement to the
general club fund (used for open houses, advertising, supplies, etc.).
• In order to move forward in chartering the new Toastmasters
Company Club, the following steps need to occur:
– Secure the financial support from the senior management to start
Toastmasters Company Club
– Schedule a Toastmasters Demonstration Meeting. This is where an
experienced team of Toastmasters demonstrate a typical Toastmasters
meeting to interested prospects.
– Promote and advertise to all office employees the formation of new
Toastmasters Company Club.
– Sign-up a minimum of 20 charter members at the demonstration meeting.
– File proper paper work and monies with Toastmasters International to
charter the new club.
– Schedule the first Toastmasters Company Club meeting. Elect officers to
lead our club in the New Economy.