For the members

Toastmasters is a structured organization in which you can enhance your communication and leadership skills step by step.

After you have become a member, you will receive two manuals

  • The “Competent Communication” guide
  • The “Competent Leadership” guide

Each of these manuals contains ten projects in order to receive the “Competent Communicator” (CC) award or the “Competent Leader” (CL) award.

In the “Competent Communicator” manual, the projects you have to complete are speeches you deliver in order to progress in different domains. Here are the ten titles of the projects:

  • The ice breaker
  • Organize your speech
  • Get to the point
  • How to say it
  • Your body speaks
  • Vocal variety
  • Research your topic
  • Get comfortable with visual aids
  • Persuade with power
  • Inspire your audience

Each of these speeches is associated with objectives assigned to the speaker, who will in turn, receive feedback from another member.

In the “Competent Leader” manual, your projects are based on roles you will take during the meetings (timer, ah-counter, etc.) or on some actions you will take in order to help our club to progress (e.g. help organize a club speech contest). Here are the ten titles of the projects:

  • Listening and leadership
  • Critical thinking
  • Giving feedback
  • Time management
  • Planning and implementation
  • Organizing and delegating
  • Developing your facilitation skills
  • Motivating people
  • Mentoring
  • Team building

After having completed your Competent Communicator manual, you will continue with two Advanced Communication Series manuals in order to become Advanced Communicator Bronze, Silver, and, ultimately, Gold.

On the leadership track, the Competent Leader will allow you to become Advanced Leader Bronze and Silver.

The Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) has reached the top of Toastmasters’ educational program by having received both the Advanced Communicator Gold as well as the Advanced Leader Silver awards.

For the club

Our club is as good as its members are ! In order to measure how well our club is doing in order to help our members to improve their communication and leadership skills, Toastmasters International has introduced the “Successful club series”. This program aims at giving precise goals to each Toastmasters club and reviews the progresses at the end of the year. The goals are as following:

Goal 1     Earn two Competent Communicators (CCs)
Goal 2     Earn an additional two CCs
Goal 3     Earn one Advanced Communicator (AC Bronze, AC Silver or AC Gold)
Goal 4     Earn one additional AC Bronze, AC Silver or AC Gold
Goal 5     Earn one CL, AL Bronze, AL Silver, or DTM
Goal 6     Earn one additional CL, AL Bronze, AL Silver, or DTM
Goal 7     Add four new members
Goal 8     Add four additional new members
Goal 9     Club Officer Training: Train four or more officers in June-August and train four or more officers in December-February.
Goal 10     Submit on time the Club Officer List and the October or April Club Semi-annual per capita report (dues).

The Distinguished Club Program Goal recognizes Toastmaster Clubs with at least 20 members or with a net growth of at least five new members. The club is awarded as:

  • “Distinguished Club” if it achieves any five of 10 goals
  • “Select Distinguished Club” if it achieves any seven of 10 goals
  • “President’s Distinguished Club” if it achieves any nine of 10 goals

The Stuttgart International Toastmasters Club has been awarded several times:

  • President Distinguished Club (2007-2008)
  • Select Distinguished Club (2003-2004, 2008-2009)
  • Distinguished Club (2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2006-2007)

We will keep you informed on the blog about the progress of the club toward these achievements.

Geographic location

The Stuttgart International Toastmasters Club is part of the district 59. The area covered by this district is continental Europe.
On a regional level, we are part of the division F, which corresponds to Baden-Württemberg and Rhenania. A zone that spans from Düsseldorf to Stuttgart
Finally, on a local level, we are part of the Area F1, which is Baden-Württemberg (Karlsruhe & Stuttgart)

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