What Is Toastmasters?

In October 1924, a group of men assembled by Dr. Ralph C. Smedley met in the basement of the YMCA in Santa Ana, California, U.S.A., forming a club “to afford practice and training in the art of public speaking and in presiding over meetings.” The group took the name “Toastmasters,” a reference to the tradition of “giving a toast,” eg., by the best man at a wedding, and has since become Toastmasters International.

ChangeMakers Toastmasters Club is a local chapter of Toastmasters International based in Hong Kong Science Park.

How can I benefit?

Whether you are already an experienced professional or a beginning speaker, Toastmasters can help you become a more confident and competent communicator and leader.

No matter whether you’re speaking to your bosses, co-workers, subordinates, customers or your kids, Toastmasters will help you do it better.

Just like how you cannot learn to ride a bicycle from reading a manual, the only way you’ll really improve your public speaking skills is to actually practice it.

The best thing about Toastmasters is that you get to practice in a friendly, comfortable environment with people who are there for the same reason you are—to become better communicators.

How does it work?

At a Toastmasters meeting, members improve their speaking skills by speaking to the other members and guests who are present. Typically, our meetings will have around 20 people, and each meeting gives everyone an opportunity to practice conducting meetings, giving impromptu speeches, presenting prepared speeches, and offering constructive evaluation.

See here for more about what happens in a meeting.

But I’m too nervous!

Please, we’ve seen it all before. Been there, done that! In fact, we would be surprised if you weren’t nervous! So don’t worry about those nerves and take the first step! We are here to help you ! 😀

OK, I’m interested. What should I do next?

Come join our next meeting as a guest and see it in action for yourself! There’s no obligation to join, and you won’t even be asked to speak unless you choose to do so. We meet every 2nd Thursday of the month at Hong Kong Science Park Idea Lab. and every 4th Thursday of the month at the Hong Kong Science Park 1/F Conference Room. If you’d like to attend, please let us know in advance so we’ll know to expect you!

For more contact information, don’t be afraid to contact us at hello@hkchangemakers.org!