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Updating a Promise


To make your member experience the best it can be, make a commitment to yourself and your fellow members. That commitment is what the Toastmaster’s Promise is all about. It outlines the 10 key tenets at the heart of the Toastmasters journey.

International President Mike Storkey feels so strongly about the promise that he has made it the linchpin of his monthly Viewpoint column. He is devoting each Viewpoint to one of the 10 commitments in the Toastmaster’s Promise. 

As he wrote in his first Viewpoint, in the September issue, “Imagine how your club would look if we all made the commitment to fulfill the responsibilities outlined in the simple 10-point promise.”

Today the Toastmaster’s Promise—which is listed on page 2 of the Competent Communication and Competent Leader manuals—looks a little different than it did when President Storkey first began writing about it. In October the Toastmasters Board of Directors revised the wording in two of the 10 points. 

The second commitment is now “to prepare all of my ­projects to the best of my ability, basing them on the Toastmasters education program.” The 10th one is “to act within Toastmasters’ core values of integrity, respect, service and excellence during the conduct of all Toastmasters activities.”

Here is the complete Toastmaster’s Promise.