Speechcraft Margaret Waechter

Speechcraft Coordinator Margaret Waechter,ACG, ALB

If you would like to conduct a Speechcraft workshop or serve as a coordinator, please contact us at speech@toastmasters86.org or the Club Growth Director of District 86 at clubgrowthdirector@toastmasters86.org

Speechcraft is an extended workshop on communication and leadership where the participants learn about various aspects of communication and leadership, participants are supported by a team of presenters and mentors and are guided by a coordinator. The Speechcraft program allows experienced Toastmasters to present the fundamentals of public speaking to non-members in an atmosphere of a Toastmasters club meeting.

For Clubs, it is a great way to promote membership in community or company club, as Speechcraft brings prospective new members to a meeting to see, first-hand, what Toastmasters is all about.

For participants, it is the quickest means by which non-Toastmasters can jump right into the process of improving their speaking skills, it also serves as a method of recruiting new members for local clubs.

It is structured and run like a condensed Toastmaster meeting with short educational during the meeting and about 15 minutes of coaching at the conclusion of each meeting. Speechcraft’s short duration appeals to people with busy lives who want to improve their speaking skills but don’t want to make an on-going commitment.

Speechcraft students learn public speaking and evaluation skills in a safe, supportive environment and derive many of the benefits we as Toastmasters are already familiar with but may have taken for granted. The only difference is with Speechcraft there is a specific time period. 

The Speechcraft program allows experienced Toastmasters to present the fundamentals of public speaking to non-members in an atmosphere of a Toastmasters club meeting. It’s a great way to promote membership in your community or company club, as Speechcraft brings prospective new members to a meeting to see, first-hand, what Toastmasters is all about.

Benefits of Speechcraft for participants include:

  • Gaining confidence in public speaking
  • Developing communication and language skills
  • Learning to think quickly and clearly
  • Becoming an effective listener
  • Learning to evaluate effectively
  • Using body language and visual aids
  • Gaining advance social skills
  • Improving job or promotion prospects
  • Gaining experience benefits of a TM club without having to initially join

Speechcraft can also help participants improve performance in:

  • Problem-solving
  • Meeting in larger groups
  • Motivating people
  • Selling ideas or products
  • Conducting business meetings
  • Impromptu Speaking
  • Managing Nervousness
  • Introducing a Speaker
  • Preparation & Practice
  • Speech Structure & Organization
  • Beginning & Concluding a Speech
  • Body Language
  • Vocal Variety
  • Knowing an Audience

Benefits of Speechcraft for a Club include:

  • Building club membership
  • Giving new members a helping hand with the different meeting roles
  • Reaching out to the community
  • Giving experienced members an opportunity to grow
  • Sharing the Toastmasters experience with others
  • Speechcraft students who decide to join the club are up to speed and already have 3-4 speeches towards their Competent Communications Manual
  • Speechcraft students invite their family and friends to the graduation ceremony, which takes place at club meeting location – which introduces them to Toastmasters and possibly inspire them to join.
  • Acquiring additional funds in their treasury if Speechcraft students choose not to join the club (see “fees” below)
  • Additionally, individual Toastmasters can accelerate the completion of their communication and leadership designations by fulfilling various roles in a Speechcraft.:
  • One member can earn credit towards AL as Speechcraft coordinator
  • One member can earn credit towards AL by conducting Evaluation Course
  • Additional members can earn credit towards ACB, ACS or ACG by conducting Better Speaker Series modules to Speechcraft students.
  • Members can complete the mentoring requirement in the CL manual by coaching Speechdraft students

Pros and Cons to Holding a Speechcraft Within or Outside of the Club

Benefits of holding a Speechcraft within the club during the club’s regular meeting time and place:

  • Participants become familiar with the time and meeting place of the club. They know by the end of the program that they can work it in their schedules.
  • Get to know the current members of the club. If they join, they know they are joining friends.
  • The fee they pay for the course can be applied towards their club membership should they decide to join the club sponsoring the Speechcraft.

Benefits of conducting a Speechcraft outside of the club:

  • There are many considerations and benefits of holding a Speechcraft outside of the regular club meeting time and place.
  • Doesn’t disrupt regular club meetings
  • The location where Speechcraft takes place may better suited in terms of location, space, logistics, environment, etc.
  • The fee they pay for the course can be applied towards their club membership should they decide to join the club sponsoring the Speechcraft.

Organizing A Speechcraft Program

A successful Speechcraft requires the commitment of Club Members to assist in conducting the program.

Here is how a club might go about hosting a Speechcraft:

  • The Club’s Executive Committee decides to present the program, then discusses it with the membership. The Club decides whether the program will be conducted during regular Club meetings or outside of the Club. Once this is decided, the Club President appoints a Speechcraft Coordinator, who is responsible for planning and managing the program.
  • The club also needs advertisements (eg., flyers and webpage) – a good task for the VPPR.
  • The Secretary or Treasurer needs to order materials from Toastmasters.
  • The VPM helps to prepare information packets for the students – information about Toastmasters, old TM magazines, meeting roles, basic information about the club, etc.
  • The VPE helps by assigning meeting roles to club members for most meetings.
  • One mentor per participant. The mentor also evaluates at least two speeches by the mentee.
  • Other members to fill the roles of Toastmaster of the Day, Table Topics Master, Master Evaluator, Educational Presenter, Leadership Evaluator, Grammarian, Ah Counter, Timer, etc
  • For a general idea of how an Agenda may look like, a sample could be provided upon request, send sn email to me.
  • The SAA should be prepared to set up the room with lots of extra chairs, greet the students, show them where their packets are, explain about name tents, etc.
  • Someone needs to coordinate refreshments at the sessions
  • Someone needs to plan the graduation

Turning Participants Into New Members

Speechcraft participants are prospective new members for club. They will join the club if they are impressed by the activities and inspired by members and can see the benefits they will gain from their experience.

The Speechcraft starter kit is available from Toastmasters International for a fee plus tax and shipping. The kit contains complete materials for starting and promoting a Speechcraft program, it include:

  • 10 Instructions for the Advisor (Item 208)
  • 5 Speechcraft Workbooks (Item 204H)
  • 15 copies of An Opportunity To Succeed (Item 207)
  • 3 copies of Number One Membership Building Tool (Item 203A)
  • 5 Participant’s Certificates (Item 261)
  • Coordinator’s Certificate (Item 260) Expanding Your Horizons (Item 211)

Youth Leadership Program

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The Youth Leadership Program is dedicated to developing public speaking and leadership skills for those under eighteen years of age.

The program is sponsored by local Toastmasters clubs and conducted by Toastmasters members. The program is based on the belief that every young person has the potential to become a good communicator and leader - but this potential needs to be developed. The program’s unique design follows a format similar to a typical Toastmasters meeting. The program helps participants through practical experience, learn to:

  • Overcome the nervousness everyone feels when asked to
    speak before an audience
  • Organize and present their ideas logically and convincingly
  • Listen carefully to others’ ideas
  • Offer advice that will help others improve their speaking and
    leadership skills
  • Participate in – and even lead – group discussions or meetings

Through the eight-session program, participants will increase their self-confidence as they learn. They also make new friends and have fun, reinforcing that Toastmasters is an enjoyable learning experience.


For Sponsoring Clubs & Members Interested In Youth Leadership

The sponsoring club should designate one of its members to be the Youth Leadership Coordinator for the program. The individual coordinator will attend each session and will lead most of the presentations and counsel participants. The efforts of the coordinator will be recognized as part of the requirements for the person to achieve their Advanced Communicator Gold. Clubs who are considering sponsoring or Toastmasters members who are interested in running a Youth Leadership Program should contact their District Youth Leadership Coordinator to receive more advice on running such a program and inform the district coordinator on when and where a program will be running.

For Parents

The program is not an award to honour those who already have become leaders either inside or outside of the school. It is for young people who have not yet developed the ability to express themselves. If you feel that your child can benefit from such a program, contact the District Youth Leadership Coordinator. The coordinator will see if there is any program which will be running in your community. Otherwise, the coordinator will put your contact information on file and inform you when a program in your community is about to begin.

For Schools & Community Youth Groups

The program is not in competition with school programs or courses, or other established youth projects. Instead, it is a supplement to these programs, providing emphasis on specialized skills and individual needs. Participants will learn speaking and leadership skills that they will use for the rest of their lives. If you are an established school or community youth group who is interested in enhancing your program, and are interested in partnering with a local Toastmasters club to sponsor a Youth Leadership Program, contact the District Youth Leadership Coordinator. The coordinator will pass your interest to Toastmaster clubs in your community to determine whether a potential partnership may be established.

Upcoming Youth Leadership Programs


Contact Information

Interested in finding our more?  Contact Toastmasters District 86 Youth Leadership Coordinator Cindy Rocca at youth@toastmasters86.org

Please Note

Toastmasters believes that economic means should not limit the opportunity for youths to participate and therefore the program is free to those who participate. The duration of each of the eight sessions and the age range of the youth who may participate in any particular program will be set by the sponsoring Toastmaster club. Also, in order to give each youth an adequate opportunity to participate, the sponsoring Toastmaster club will set the maximum number of participants for its program.

Need Customizable Marketing Materials?

Toastmasters International has a selection of customizable marketing materials to promote your club and events. 

French Materials 

For French Clubs we have these resources for you to promote and grow your membership, click on the image to download

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Tout sur Toastmasters

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Peut Vous Aider

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French Application

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Need To Revitalize Club Membership?

The Power of Twenty  & Five

  • Toastmasters International is a 93 year old brand.  We know that there are great growth opportunities for Toastmasters, but we also know that sometimes membership in clubs has it's ebbs and flows. 
    • If your club is struggling to maintain 20 members required, we can help.  Why 20 members?  That’s the minimum number to ensure members don’t get “burned out” and that all members get the variety of feedback and experience they need to reach their Toastmasters goals.
    • It may also be that your club has more than 20 members, but only a few of those members actually attend meetings on a regular basis.

How We Can Help

  • If your club has less than 20 members and more than 12 members it qualifies for the Precoach 4 meetings program. This is top up your membership early to charter strength before it gets to the critical point of 12. Click here for more information. 
  • If your club has 12 or fewer members, it qualifies to have a Club Coach appointed.
  • One very successful method that EVERY club should use is the OPEN HOUSE.
  • SPEECHCRAFT is another great method for introducing potential members to the benefits of Toastmasters. Click here to learn more about Speechcraft!
  • For even more ideas, click here for “How To Rebuild A Toastmasters Club

As always, your District 86 team is here to help!

For more information or help, contact Club Growth Director District #86 - Jacklyn Payne.

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