This is a demo of Twenty Seventeen TM, a variation on the WordPress default theme for 2017, which featured a large, dramatic image on the home page (which site owners can customize).
The Toastmasters logo is integrated into the menu bar section, and the Toastmasters-required disclaimers / intellectual property statements are included in the footer of each page.
Sample starter website content is included below.
Welcome to Twenty Seventeen TM. We meet at 4:10 PM EDT.
Your custom welcome message here: Delete this and replace it with what YOU want to say about your club. See the video tutorial on adding and editing content for a WordPress for Toastmasters website.
Some boilerplate content from toastmasters.org is included below to get you started, but right up at the top of the page here you should say what makes your club special. Don’t be afraid to show some personality!
Make sure to include the basics — where and when does your club meet? Include the town/city and as much additional detail as is necessary to prevent ambiguity (“Chicago” vs. “Melbourne, Florida”). If the location is tricky to find, consider including a map or a link to an online mapping service or a photo of the entry to the building.
A group photo of smiling club members is a very common element to include at the top of the page, but also try to include photos of your members in action — speaking, laughing, and learning. If you have video of a members giving dynamic speeches, or improvising their way through Table Topics, including one of those on the home page could be a good way of showing what Toastmasters is all about.
The proven way to help you speak and lead.
Congratulations – you’re on your way to becoming a better communicator and leader! Toastmasters International, founded in 1924, is a proven product, regarded as the leading organization dedicated to communication and leadership skill development. As a member, you will gain all the tools, resources and support you need.
Through its worldwide network of clubs, Toastmasters International helps people communicate effectively and achieve the confidence to lead others. Why pay thousands of dollars for a seminar or class when you can join a Toastmasters club for a fraction of the cost and have fun in the process?
What’s in it for you?
Toastmasters is a place where you develop and grow – both personally and professionally. You join a community of learners, and in Toastmasters meetings we learn by doing. Whether you’re an executive or a stay-at-home parent, a college student or a retiree, you will improve yourself; building skills to express yourself in a variety of situations. You’ll open up a world of new possibilities: giving better work presentations; leading meetings – and participating in them – more confidently; speaking more smoothly off the cuff; even handling one-on-one interactions with family, friends and colleagues more positively.
How does it work?
The environment in a Toastmasters club is friendly and supportive. Everyone at a Toastmasters meeting feels welcome and valued – from complete beginners to advanced speakers. In a club meeting, you practice giving prepared speeches as well as brief impromptu presentations, known as Table Topics. There is no rush and no pressure: The Toastmasters program allows you to progress at your own pace.
Constructive evaluation is central to the Toastmasters philosophy. Each time you give a prepared speech, an evaluator will point out strengths as well as suggest improvements. Receiving – and giving – such feedback is a great learning experience. In Toastmasters, encouragement and improvement go hand-in-hand.
Good leaders are good communicators
Anyone who is a strong leader has to first be an effective communicator. In Toastmasters you will hone your speaking skills, and you will develop leadership abilities – through evaluations, listening, mentoring, serving as club officers and filling roles in club meetings. You will take those leadership skills out into the world, running businesses, mentoring youths, organizing fund-raisers, coaching teams and heading up families.