The Toastmasters Programme
The PRIMARY OBJECTIVE of Toastmasters is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which the member is helped to become a competent communicator and effective leader. As such, members can focus on one or both of these roles - improving as a speaker or growing as a leader.
COMPETENT COMMUNICATOR PROGRAMME (CC)
The Competent Communicator Programme is a series of ten speeches presented in a Toastmasters club. Most Toastmasters spread them over a year or two. Members are assigned a mentor to help them through their first few speeches and each speech is focused on a specific area of speaking. Speeches are evaluated by a fellow club member.
Upon completion of this programme, you will receive a Competent Communicator (CC) certificate from Toastmasters International. After this, one can progress through the Advanced Communication programme which is more specialised. Areas covered in this manual include:
Use of props and visual aids
Download CC Manual Outline & first three CC speeches
The Advanced Communicator programme is an extension of the Competent Communicator programme and can only be followed once your CC is attained. The manuals cover specific areas of speech development that you can choose from, including:
Special Occasion Speeches
Speeches by Management
The Entertaining Speaker
Speaking to Inform
The Professional Speaker
Communicating on Television
There are three levels of Advanced Communicator that you may achieve, namely Bronze (ACB), Silver (ACS) and Gold (ACG).
Depending on the level you are working towards, you may also be expected to present educational assignments and serve as a mentor to a fellow club member. Upon completion of the various levels in this programme, you will receive an Advanced Communicator Bronze, Silver or Gold(AC B/S/G) certificate from Toastmasters International.
Download AC Manual Outline
Youth Leadership Programme
Toastmasters offers "hands-on" courses to teach High School learners the rudiments of effective communication and practical business skills.
Following a programme designed by Toastmasters International, members of a Toastmasters Club supervise and mentor learners in weekly meetings at a school. The learners, usually from Grade 11, learn communication, listening and evaluation skills, while receiving the fundamentals of running a business meeting, the roles and responsibilities of each member of a meeting and Parliamentary Procedure.
Costs of joining Toastmasters
To become a member of any Toastmasters club in the world, you have to join Toastmasters International in the USA. There is a once-off joining fee of 20 US Dollars that and thereafter it costs 7.50 US Dollars a month, payable twice-yearly in two 6-month installments of $45 each on 1 October and 1 April. This is charged prorata depending on which month you join in. At present, Two Oceans Toastmasters charges R100 per member to cover administrative costs. New members also have a once off cost of R70 for a badge
The Competent Leader certificate is presented to a member who has demonstrated
leadership abilities by assisting with and being evaluated on various club
meeting roles such as:
Serving as a Toastmaster
Acting as Time Keeper
Download CL Manual Outline
ADVANCED LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME (AL)
The Advanced Leader Bronze (ALB) is presented to a member who has demonstrated leadership abilities in the following manner:
Served as a Club Officer
Achieved a Competent Communicator
Presented Educational Assignments to the Club
Upon completion of this programme, you will receive a Advanced Leader Bronze certificate from Toastmasters International.
The Advanced Leader Silver (ALS) is an extension of the Advanced Leader Bronze award above. The leader has
Assisted with starting or rescuing a Club
Acted as a District Officer
Presented educational assignments to the Club
To achieve this award, the member has shown a strong commitment to the advancement of Toastmasters, and to achieving the Mission and Vision of Toastmasters International. Upon completion of this programme, you will receive an Advanced Leader Silver certificate from Toastmasters International.
Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)
is the highest recognition a member may receive. To achieve this,
members need to achieve the Advanced Communicator Gold award, as well as
the Advanced Leader Silver award. To achieve this award, the member has
shown a strong commitment to the advancement of Toastmasters, and to
achieving the Mission and Vision of Toastmasters International.
Upon completion of this programme, you will receive an Plaque from Toastmasters International.
(Our latest DTM is Marion Thomas.)