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Toastmasters: Empowering Public Speakers Since 1924


President Franklin Roosevelt famously noted, ”The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

According to the National Institutes of Mental Health, however, 75 percent of people rank public speaking as their number one fear. Apparently standing up in front of a group to deliver a speech leaves the vast majority of people terrified—sweaty palms and all.


Since its founding in 1924, Toastmasters has been helping people overcome this fear. The organization also builds leadership skills and aids its members with improving communication skills. It’s all about gaining self-confidence and self-awareness which allows members to maximize their potential.


The History of Toastmasters International