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English toastmaster Richard Palmer pouring champagne for the bride and bridegroom outside Great Baddow Church, Essex

English Toastmaster pouring champagne for

the Bride and Groom at Great Baddow Church, Essex.

Photograph courtesy of Essex wedding photographer

David Court



Toastmaster Training Course

From The English Toastmasters Association


Established in March 2004 by founder members Richard Palmer, Linda Palmer and Russell Rainger, the English Toastmasters Association is the quality Association for professional toastmasters in the UK, currently with over 70 members.

Using a fresh and unique style of teaching, The English Toastmasters Association aim to bring a higher standard of toastmaster training to the profession and meet the needs of individual toastmasters according to their existing experience and future aims. We believe that once a toastmaster has been trained they will be eager to continue to improve and offer their clients the best service possible. As an Association we continue to look at every aspect of our work, taking the time to refine and develop new methods of delivering the finest quality service to and for our member, which in turn helps them to deliver a higher quality service to their clients.

Richard Palmer is the only Toastmaster in the world to be certified as working to the ISO 9001:2008 standard, the world class quality standard. Richard's duties for the English Toastmasters association include the training of new and continual training of established toastmasters.

Would you like to join an elite group of professionals driven to go above and beyond for their clients and committed to setting the standards within their profession?

The toastmaster courses that we offer at The English Toastmasters Association are designed to cover the basics of becoming a toastmaster and also to cover the most important subjects to help you offer an impeccable service to your clients. We will give you all the help and support to find business and offer outstanding service. You will gain the maximum knowledge to get you started with the confidence and ongoing support of the association and regular help, updates, as well as the opportunity to attend regular meetings and training seminars to continually improve your existing knowledge and liaise with fellow member toastmasters and select wedding professionals.

Our courses are run on a one to one basis ensuring you receive a personal service and to take into consideration your existing experience and expertise.

Courses for Toastmasters and Master of Ceremonies are run by Richard Palmer from the English Toastmasters Association®. Our basic courses are for three days, which may be consecutive or broken into individual days to suit you. Other people who are involved in the wedding and hospitality business assist with the courses and offer other angles and perspectives for you. 

We are also pleased to offer realignment courses for experienced toastmasters who wish to join the English Toastmasters Association.

A tailored one to one unique training experience, offering you the highest standard of service. We offer training courses tailored to your specific requirements, skills and future aims at our own toastmasters training school at our headquarters in Danbury, Essex, UK.

English Toastmasters Associaiton Head Quarters Danbury Essex 

Our headquarters based in Essex, UK

At The English Toastmasters Association we offer a long term commitment to our members, that we will provide ongoing support to help your professional development as a toastmaster.

Once your one to one training is complete you are far from being 'on your own'. We are an association dedicated to our members and will regularly monitor your progress and performance and will be there to offer a helping hand as and when you need it. With the opportunity to attend regular training seminars targeting specific subjects, you will be able to liaise with fellow professionals and continually improve and learn amongst other members and professionals all with the same aim - the highest level of client service.

Our toastmasters have the wealth of knowledge and expertise required to offer clients the highest standard of service.

Toastmasters that join The English Toastmasters Association are joining an exceptional group of highly trained professionals, setting the standards within the profession and encouraging a greater demand for our services.

Why become a member of The English Toastmasters Association?

The English Toastmasters Association offers toastmaster training courses for those who wish to learn the skills required to become a professionally trained and client focused toastmaster. With access to the best kept secrets of how you can achieve sensational results when working for your clients, you will be given the best possible start to your new career.

To uphold higher standards of training and focus on individuals' existing strengths, our courses for toastmasters are held on a one-to-one basis. If you are looking to become a Toastmaster that specialises in a particular type of event, for example weddings, we will be pleased to train you in the area of special ism or expertise that you require as well as general training.

toastmaster training meeting

We actively encourage all of our members to attend regular seminars and meetings, as an opportunity to not only build upon existing skills and relationships, but also for us to obtain feedback about how we can improve our services for you.

We are very happy to spend time with our member toastmasters, offering advice and help about how to implement successful marketing techniques.

Our member toastmasters are now finding that the marketing services that the English Toastmasters Association employ are working very well for many of them.

We are constantly promoting our sites, facilities and members and are getting some outstanding results for our members. New and existing member toastmasters are receiving enquiries from clients directly from their own page on the The English Toastmasters Association web site. By using search engine registration and optimisation techniques, and sponsored links, we aim to give our professional toastmaster members better value for money membership and higher rankings on the Internet.

Wherever your location The English Toastmasters Association welcomes candidates both male and female from any location worldwide. The training course takes place at the English Toastmasters Association Headquarters which is based in Danbury, Essex, England, UK.


The course contains the following modules


The history of our profession

The English Toastmasters Association code of ethics and mission statement

Etiquette and protocol related to client service

Our uniform

Announcements, how, why and where appropriate

Equipment, including the use of sound systems

Weddings and or appropriate itineries and your role as a toastmaster

Basic marketing


The supporting materials included are


A comprehensive manual with documentation relating to our history, etiquette and protocol

Sample letters and event running forms covering a wide range of culturally diverse functions

Equipment list

Member access to the association web site

Upon joining the English Toastmasters Association, a full members page is also included for you within our web site and can be updated at any time incurring no additional cost to you

This page will help your marketing and publicity and may encourage future business. Many of the association's members have seen great success from their pages since joining.

Upon the completion of the training course you will receive

Full membership for 1 year

Public liability insurance cover for £5,000,000,00 WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THOSE LIVING OUTSIDE THE UK

English Toastmasters Association Medallion, free on loan whilst you are a member

English Toastmasters Association Logo for use on your web site and stationery

Framed certificate of attendance

Framed certificate of membership

Marketing tools

Mission statement and code of ethics

Information and forms for use as templates

Access to the English Toastmasters Association member web site as well as ongoing support in the development of your member web page

The duration of the course is 3 days, each of six hours, but this is a minimum, as the days often include meetings with other professionals in the hospitality and leisure business. A few more hours are beneficial. These meetings include getting together with other members, venue and catering management, photographers, videographers and offer discussions about the best methods of working alongside such professionals.

The English Toastmasters Association training course is designed to suit you, dates, days and start times can all be agreed on an individual basis. Daily start times are usually between 8am - 10am with a view of finishing the day between 3pm - 5pm.

Refreshments including lunch each day is included in the course cost as well as all onsite facilities including secure parking.

We are pleased to recommend accommodation for the duration of your stay.

Please feel free to contact The Association with any questions or queries you may have. We are pleased to offer further information and details about our training facilities and courses.





What members of the English Toastmasters Association have To Say........

English Toastmasters Associaition meeting

I don't see any changes that could possibly make this course any better. Best three days training I've ever had in 30 years of business. Brilliant. I have learnt more than I thought I ever would in such a short time. Keep up the good work.  M.K. Yorkshire

The course was conducted in comfortable surroundings and was well structured. It was very helpful to meet other toastmasters and colleagues. Vanessa King, Surrey

Don't change anything but please don't get me so excited about toastmastering that I can't sleep before the next day of the course. Thanks again for a fantastic learning experience. Brian Crockett, West Midlands

Excellent three days, I would not change anything - for me, it suited my style of learning.  Stephen Gregory, Essex

Don't change the way they you deliver your courses, although very intense I imagine you would not receive the practical, visual and off site training with any other association. Thank you  Andrew West Dorset

Outstanding course, well worth every penny, my thanks to Richard for his time and training he gave me for toastmastering. Many thanks, I am so happy to have become a member of the English Toastmasters Association.  J. G. Faversham, Kent

The course content was fully covered in a very friendly and informative manner (time taken to meet any queries). A pleasure to meet other related people like photographers, toastmasters and venue organisers. Thoroughly interesting, the three days flew by and the assistance with my web site was invaluable. It was a pleasure to have attended the training course as it exceeded my expectations and provided a much greater insight into the role of the toastmaster which is down to the quality of the trainer. I look forward to meeting other toastmasters in the near future. Thank You  Jim Jardine Wales


First class training by a very impressive professional body. Colin R Whitehead Essex

The course is deliveredin a relaxed one to one atmosphere with a personal insight to the profession. The back up and training is amazing and makes you feel part of a team, camaraderie is probably the word, giving you the confidence to do the job, excellent tuition, thank you for the course. Graham Skingley Suffolk

Professionally presented course in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. Superbly supported by Lindsey and Linda. This course has given me the confidence to offer a more professional service to future clients. A pleasurable experience throughout. Many thanks to you Richard. Roy Timms Bicester Oxford

Need more time, Richard Palmer is a good instructor and will also listen and answer questions honestly. Barry W Gilden Florida USA

I believe the course fullfilled my objectives. It was well paced and passionately delivered by Richard. The DVDs show real life weddings. These were especially helpful. The course is not only about delivering toastmaster services, but more importantly about delivering with care for the client.  M.W. , Yorkshire

Thank you for sharing experiences, in a very relaxed and informative yet positive manner.M.C.  Liverpool

Hugely informative and fantastic fun.  You've put a huge amount of yourself - energy, knowledge and personality into these last three days. Thank you ever so much. Nick Lawler Cumbria

Richard, Many thanks for a fantastic day with you, I have gained so much in a short space of time.  R.A.   Berkshire  One day Alignment Course for experienced toastmaster joining the English Toastmasters Association.

Having made enquiries with a number of organisations, I found you to be the most responsive to my enquiry. You clearly have a wealth of information that you are happy to impart. The one to one suited my needs brilliantly and to my timescale. I came with great expectations - I left overwhelmed with the amount of information & support at my disposal. I am proud to have joined such a well organised Association. G.S.  Bedfordshire

Richard is an inspirational teacher who is a master of his craft and he has filled me with absolute enthusiasm for my new career as a Toastmaster.  K.G.  Lancashire

Excellent course - did not want it to end. I feel I have hit the ground running, through excellent tuition given. Michael O'Rourke

Excellent course. Commitment shown in passing over the knowledge is second to none. One to one relationship is a major benefit because you have individual attention and full concentration to get the best results. I now feel very confident that I can deliver excellent service to my clients. T.S.  Essex

My sincere thanks for an excellent three days. My head is still buzzing and I am feeling enthusiastic and ready to go. The manner in which you have approached the course is relaxing and is conducted at a comfortable pace.

The course is well delivered and informative. It makes learning a pleasure. The DVD's are extremely helpful. I have seen the work of a toastmaster from a new perspective which I will endeavour to practice in the future. I have high standards to work to! Geoffrey Cornwell West Sussex

An excellent course. 

The one to one course is very flexible and adaptable and met my needs fully.  A very satisfying and fulfilling three days, which has inspired me to become an effective toastmaster for my clients.  Malcolm Brown Devon

The course was a wonderful insight into the arts and skills required to become a successful toastmaster. I hadn't realised the importance of strategic alliances with other core workers within the wedding industry, and also how little of the role is actually making announcements!

The valuable advice concerning marketing and sales strategies was a completely new ball game to me and you led me through that particular minefield with extreme patience, wisdom and good grace! The whole course was delivered in a relaxed though professional manner, I particularly enjoyed the interaction with the other toastmasters, meeting David, Jennifer and Linda, the lunches and visiting the venues. I am extremely grateful to you, proud to be a member of the ETA.

I found the course interesting, informative and presented in a very personal manner. The one to one format is conducive to ensuring that Richard was able to see that each issue was understood before moving on to the next. Visits to venues and having lunch together also made the learning process more pleasurable. I do not believe that the course could have been presented any better and leave it enthusiastic and confident. Thank you Richard. 

A further comment from John, several months after the course, "I am very happy with the reaction of clients to the way I have been taught to go about my business".  J.C.

Richard obviously tailors information and needs delivery to suit candidates' abilities. An excellent course where I gained everything I required to give excellent service. Terry Hughes Dorset

As a member of the teaching profession for over 30 years I was very impressed by Richard's teaching style, which was both relaxed and thorough. At no time did he cast himself in the role of "expert", but, instead, he guided and mentored me through the course on equal terms, encouraging me to bring out and develop my own gifts and talents. At the same time, there was enough rigour during the training to ensure that all of the essential details were covered and that I felt equipped to further my career as a toastmaster.

It was a privilege to be able to shadow Richard in action at a wedding and to be present at an actual meeting with clients. This provided much more insight into the realities of the job as toastmaster than any amount of classroom based theory could afford.

I now feel that I am a member of the best professional organisation for toastmasters that there is, and that Richard is a senior "partner" in the full sense of the word. Thank you Richard for your friendship, conscientious example and consummate professionalism. Adrian Hayes

I feel that all the information has been well researched and the whole delivery calm, informal and thorough. The caring manner and treatment by Richard was really great, making the learning process a pleasure.  J.P.

The delivery of information suited my particular learning style and was very effective. The course was not only informative but was also a pleasure to attend. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time and hope that the relationship forged will continue to grow and become stronger.   M.G.

The three day course is an excellent grounding for toastmasters. The course was delivered in a thorough and professional manner with the focus on the client being an important theme running through the various topics. Additionally, being able to meet Front of House management is exceptionally useful as this provides understanding of their expectations.   A.M.   Essex

The course was very helpful and informative in detail. John Quinton-Navarro  Hertfordshire

Thank you for your hospitality, openness, absolute professionalism and knowledge sharing.  P.C.

Excellent course, relaxed atmosphere, very good value. A pleasure to have been part of the training course. James Lark  Kent

Very enjoyable, informative course, delivered in a relaxing way.  B. C.  Dorset

I think that the format was excellent.  Clearly has the flexibility to meet individual needs. A thoroughly enjoyable, informative and helpful experience and has whet my appetite for toastmastering duties. THANK YOU.  John Turner Yorkshire

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