On this day in 1924, Toastmasters International was founded at a YMCA in Santa Ana, California. Since then, the organization has improved the public speaking of more than 4 million people in 122 countries.
Ralph Smedley founded Toastmasters, whose mission is to help “people of all backgrounds become more confident in front of an audience.” Today, the organization has 292,000 members in more than 14,00 clubs across the world.
Participating in Toastmasters works. All you have to do is see a person go from being on the verge of tears with their first speech (known as the “Icebreaker”) to being comfortable just a few speeches later. The organization has been invaluable to the millions who have participated.