What is a Speechcraft?

A Speechcraft is a great opportunity to introduce the fundamentals of public speaking to non-members over the age of 18.

Speechcraft Summary

Coordinating a Speechcraft requires knowledge, skill, experience, team building, good relationships, and strategic planning. Speechcraft is the quickest means by which people can jump right into the process of improving their speaking skills.

Speechcraft at a Glance

Speechcraft is a 4, 6, or 8 sessions workshop presented by Toastmasters either as a membership-building tool, to help create a new club or to educate members of the community or coworkers. It is a great opportunity to introduce the fundamentals of public speaking to non-members. Speechcrafters, non-Toastmasters, listen to instructional speeches at the general sessions, craft their speeches on the spot during breakout, get evaluated by Toastmasters, and showcase their skills by actively participating at the end of the meeting.

Who can Conduct a Speechcraft?

Any experienced Toastmaster who has leadership skills, a passion for Toastmasters, and dedication for sharing the Toastmaster experience with others.

What is the Time Commitment for a Speechcraft?

The time commitment depends on the type and length of Speechcraft. Speechcrafts can be:

  • Conducted either during regular club meetings or externally
  • 5-8 hour session, with 1 coordinator, 2 advisors per breakout group, and 4-6 presenters
  • 1-2 hour sessions, with 1 coordinator, 3 advisors, and 4-6 presenters

If you are the Speechcraft coordinator, you will need time to coordinate and prepare for your meeting(s).

When is a Speechcraft Held?

A Speechcraft can be held any time throughout the year. Feel free to reach out to your Club Vice President Education for planning and executing your club Speechcraft.

Why would I Conduct a Speechcraft?

Speechcraft sessions are a way to introduce public speaking fundamentals and build club growth. Benefits of conducting a Speechcraft include:

  • Build club membership by turning participants into new members, either for your club, another club, or a new club
  • Improves new member retention
  • Develops new and existing members
  • Improves mentoring/leadership skills of current members
  • Adds variety to meetings, if done in the club
  • Means of sharing the Toastmaster experience to others
  • Receive traditional or Pathways credit

Where can I find Additional Training Material for conducting a Speechcraft?

The Toastmaster International site has the essential materials needed to conduct a Speechcraft program.

How do I get Credit for Conducting a Speechcraft?

In Pathways, Speechcraft coordinators submit the workshop name and date presented on the Distinguished Toastmaster award application.

For Speechcraft coordinators, the Vice-President Education will sign your award application.  The award is then forwarded to World Headquarters for you to receive credit towards your Distinguished Toastmaster accolade.

For Speechcraft presenters and advisors, collaborate with your Vice-President Education for Pathways project approval and credit.  For non-Toastmasters, credit will only be received for the Icebreaker speech.



A Club Sponsor is appointed to help get a new club through the chartering process.



A Club Mentor is an appointed advisor for a newly formed club.



A Club Coach establishes a rapport with an existing club facing challenges prior to becoming their advisor.


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