Good News:

Toastmasters International has finally arrived in Carinthia,
more precisely in Villach!

You ask yourself what Toastmasters is all about?

Toastmasters International is a framework for communication and leadership development, providing a worldwide network, course material, online support and more.

Everybody can start a new club, all you need is a bunch of interested people and a meeting location. In 2018, Carinthia’s very first Toastmasters Club was founded in Villach.

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Every Toastmasters journey begins with a single speech.

By regularly giving talks, gaining feedback, leading teams and guiding others to achieve their goals in a supportive atmosphere, leaders emerge from the Toastmasters program.

Toastmasters’ proven program will help you reach your goals.

During your journey, you learn to tell your stories. You listen and answer. You plan and lead. You give feedback – and accept it. Through our community of learners, you find your path to leadership.

How Toastmasters works

At Toastmasters, members learn by speaking to groups and working with others in a supportive environment. A typical Toastmasters club is made up of 20 to 30 people who meet periodical for one to two hours. Each meeting gives members several opportunities:


Members learn how to plan and conduct meetings.

impromptu speeches

Members present one- to two-minute, impromptu speeches about assigned topics.

prepared speeches

Members present speeches based on projects from Toastmasters’ communication and leadership program.

constructive evaluation

Every speaker is assigned an evaluator who points out speech strengths and offers suggestions for improvement.

Toastmasters tools

Upon joining a Toastmasters club, each new member receives resources about how to become a better speaker and a more confident leader. Members also have access to a wide variety of educational resources. In addition, they receive the award-winning Toastmaster, a monthly magazine that offers the latest insights about speaking and leadership techniques.

We are bringing Toastmasters to Villach!

So who are “we”?
“I discovered Toastmasters during a job-related stay in Munich last year. It was so impressive to watch members developing profound speaking and presentation skills in a short period of time that I decided to bring this concept to Villach.”
Founder of Toastmasters Villach: Andrea Appe.
Andrea Appe
"I'm a Toastmaster since 1999 and will support the new club as sponsor and mentor. I have been a member of several clubs in Switzerland. Since moving to Carinthia a few years ago I want to help others in the area enjoy the Toastmasters experience."
Co-Founder and Mentor of Toastmasters Carinthia - Chris Sollberger
Chris Sollberger
"I've been a member of Toastmasters for several years in Switzerland, I want to help others to learn to speak, learn to listen and enjoy the company. Toastmasters is a protected space, where you learn to speak in front of people without fear."
Brigitte Sollberger - founding member of Toastmasters Villach.
Brigitte Sollberger
"For me, Toastmaster is a great chance to train my communication skills together with a group of interested people. I'm a Toastmasters newbie, but I really like the idea, therefore I'm happy to support the foundation of a club in Villach."
Toastmasters Carinthia Co-Founder Olivia Bluder
Olivia Pfeiler
"I got in touch with Toastmasters three years ago during a long term delegation in Penang, Malaysia. During that time Toastmasters became part of my life with respect to many aspects."
Thomas Gebhard
"The idea to effectively improve my presentation and leadership skills while helping others to improve theirs is wonderful. I got to know the existence of Toastmaster recently and I am looking forward to helping to establish the Club in Villach."
Sylvicley Figueira da Silva
"I've never been to a Toastmasters meeting before but I really like the concept to improve speaking skills within a supportive learn-by-doing environment. I'm looking forward to helping bring the Toastmasters approach to Carinthia."
Toastmaster's Carinthia founding member Christoph Pfeiler.
Christoph Pfeiler

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We are holding English-speaking Toastmaster meetings bi-weekly in a Restaurant in the city center of Villach.


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