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Tuesday, 30 August 2016 00:52

Can I use the manuals from Toastmasters club to run a similar club of my own among my friends?

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 The communication manuals of the toastmaster club are avialable for downloadonline.So can i use the material and organize an informal meeting among my friends in college on the lines of The Toastmaster meeting i.e Prepared speeches, Impromptu speeches and Evaluations?

A Leader Takes PeopleTheoretically, you could. I am sure that many speech/presentation coaches have done so. Likely though, they have recreated the content so that it is in a new format. I have done so.

Using the material for what you are suggesting is copyright infringement. Toastmasters International has a well-developed brand and should it be brought to their attention that you are using their material without permission you may very well receive contact from their Legal Department with a cease and desist order.

This begs the question … if you find the Toastmasters material to be of value, why wouldn’t you want to do something about getting a Toastmasters presence in your college?

If your town is big enough for a college, it is big enough to support one or more Toastmasters clubs. There are likely local clubs and experienced members that would love the chance to expand the local Toastmasters membership by helping develop a new college club.

They have the experience to get your club up and running. They will also support your new club for a year or so to help get it established.

There are several different ways to go about it. One, would be to check out the local TM clubs to see if any are interested in sponsoring your club. If there are, they will work with you to set up a Demonstration meeting where they invite potential members out to see what a program is like. If you get enough potential members i.e. 20, you can quickly charter.

Another way to promote curiosity about the Toastmasters program is to see if any of the local TM clubs would be interested in running a Toastmasters Speechcraft program in your college. These are stand-alone programs that run from 4 to 8 weeks long and help fast track the fundamentals of public speaking.

The on-line manuals that you refer to are excellent resources. However, they do not provide the constructive feedback needed to improve one’s public speaking ability. Experienced Toastmasters sharing their experience and sage advice is priceless and you can’t download it.

I would strongly encourage you to check out starting a new club. Your passion can go a long way in encouraging others to step out of their comfort zone and start their own personal journey.

Thanks for the question!

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