Alan Mater wrote:ideasuniversity wrote:Toastmaster International is a Non-profit organization developing public speaking and leadership skills through practice and feedback in local clubs since 1924.
During the early 1900s the word “toastmaster” referred to a person who proposed the toasts and introduced the speakers at a banquet. Smedley named his group “The Toastmasters Club” because he thought it suggested a pleasant, social atmosphere appealing to young men.
Thanks for explaining the history and where the name came from, Yinka. I had never heard of them before until now. Too bad there isn't one in my area as it sounds like something I could benefit from.
One will definitely be in your area, you can visit their website to be sure. They have branches all over the world