The Speechcraft program is a great way to promote Toastmasters and increase membership in your clubs. It allows prospective members to experience first-hand what Toastmasters is all about before deciding to join as new members.
By following the Speechcraft program guidelines and resource tools seasoned Toastmasters are able to present the fundamentals of public speaking to prospective members in an atmosphere of a Toastmasters club meeting. The program may be conducted in four, six, or eight sessions as part of the club’s regular meeting or outside the club, at a different location and time.
The minimum number of participants required is five. If the program is presented as part of the regular club meetings, up to 10 participants can be accommodated. For programs presented outside the club, more participants can easily be accommodated.
Conducting the Speechcraft program at least once a year helps clubs gain new members. In addition, existing members become more involved and are able to practice and hone their leadership and communication skills.
Clubs may charge a reasonable fee for conducting any Communication and Leadership program for non-members. The fee should cover program expenses (materials, refreshments, room rental). Any remaining money must be placed in the club’s treasury. No individuals, educational institutions or other organizations may derive financial gain either directly or indirectly from the presentation of these programs. You are asked to report anyone doing so to World Headquarters.
Details of the Speechcraft program are explained in the Speechcraft Starter Kit (Item 205) available through the Toastmasters International website.