A Toastmaster’s Promise is a set of standards for members’ responsibilities to themselves and to the club. These standards revolve around three fundamental maxims:

  • Attend club meetings regularly. Regular attendance helps rapidly conquer fears, sharpen speaking skills, and bolster leadership proficiency.
  • Prepare speech projects carefully. Toastmasters’ educational program builds skills through assignments. An alternate, personal curriculum defeats the purpose of measuring progress against a proven method.
  • Prepare and fulfil meeting assignments. Ill-prepared members miss the opportunity to learn and cheat fellow members out of what they may learn from the member’s contribution.

  • Provide helpful, constructive evaluations. Every Toastmaster deserves supportive feedback with advice for improving speaking and leadership efforts.
  • Promote a positive, friendly environment by arriving early to mingle and get to know members. Greet everyone and introduce yourself to guests.
  • Serve as an officer. Club meetings require teamwork and planning. Without these things the club would suffer.
  • Be respectful and courteous to everyone. Everyone deserves encouragement, support, and acknowledgment regardless of membership status or achievement level.

Maintain Club Quality
  • Bring guests. Give more people the benefits of Toastmasters’ program and introduce new personalities and ideas to the club.
  • Follow guidelines and rules. Non compliance diminishes the meaning and value of awards and achievements for yourself and others.
  • Observe ethical standards. Ethics – in word and action – are just as important a part of the Toastmasters learning program as is speaking and leadership training. Casterbridge Speaker’s values are: Supportive, Mentoring, Active, Recognition and Tenacity. Learn to live them at every meeting.

Clubs are only as strong as their members. Guarantee the success of your club, your fellow members, and yourself by keeping the commitment to excellence.

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