Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Happy 85th birthday to Toastmasters International

Oops! Last month I forgot to put up the obligatory post noting that October 22, 2009 was the 85th birthday of Toastmasters International. The organization has come a long way from a single chapter that met in the basement of a YMCA in southern California.

Andrew Dlugan wrote an excellent blog post which answers a lot of frequently asked questions about Toastmasters.

There was a nice article about the anniversary in their hometown newspaper, the Orange County Register. You also can read the article on the Toastmaster web site about Toastmasters Then….And Now! In it the executive director of Toastmasters, Daniel Rex, says that there is no limit to the growth potential of Toastmasters International. I agree.

In the U.S. there are approximately 150,000 Toastmasters members. Approximately 20% of the U.S. population (of 300 million), or 60 million people, have a fear of public speaking. So, Toastmasters only has reached approximately 0.25% of its potential market.

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