Franklin and Marshall College Toastmasters, Lancaster, PA

Club No. 680950 - Area 10 - Div. A - District 38

F&M Toastmasters News

Important note:

We are back at Franklin and Marshall College!  F&M College Square, 931 Harrisburg Ave, Lancaster PA 17603   Click here for a map.

Toastmasters makes communication fun!

A Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their communication and leadership skills in a friendly atmosphere. A typical group has 20 to 40 members who meet weekly or biweekly to practice public speaking techniques. The average meeting lasts one hour.

Members learn communication skills by working in the Competent Communication manual, a series of 10 self-paced speaking assignments designed to instill a basic foundation in public speaking. Participants learn skills related to use of humor, gestures, eye contact, speech organization and overall delivery. When finished with this manual, members can choose from 15 advanced manuals to learn skills related to specific interests.

Members also learn leadership skills by taking on various meeting roles and serving as officers at the club and district levels, and by working in the Competent Leadership manual and the High Performance Leadership program. In our learn-by-doing approach, we don't lecture our members about leadership skills; we give them responsibilities and ask them to lead.

There is no instructor in a Toastmasters meeting. Instead, members evaluate one another's presentations. This feedback process is a key part of the program’s success. Meeting participants also give impromptu talks on assigned topics, conduct meetings, serve as officers in various leadership roles and learn rules related to timing, grammar and parliamentary procedure.


Here's what our members are saying about us... Click for more!

"I can unequivocally say, the Toastmasters program WORKS! It works, it works, it works! You need to put in the effort, but if you do, you will be rewarded."

"Your support and encouragement helped me get further than I ever thought possible. I will never forget how you make me feel; accepted, worthy and full of hope for an even better tomorrow."

Dan Hershey, District 38 International Speech Contest 3rd place winner

Meeting times and location can be found here.