Toastmasters International partners with AI-powered public speaking platform, Yoodli
ENGLEWOOD, Colo., September 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Toastmasters International and Yoodli today announced that the companies have entered into a strategic partnership that will provide Toastmasters’ more than 280,000 members standard free access to a Toastmasters version of the innovative public speaking platform. Yoodli. With the deal in place, the co-branded version of the platform should be available to Toastmasters members by the end of the year.
“We are very excited to partner with Yoodli and establish a foothold in the field of artificial intelligence and speech pattern recognition,” says Matt Kinsey, Toastmasters International President 2022-23. “This collaboration adds tremendous value for our current members and prospective members. We are thrilled to be able to offer this pioneering speech preparation tool at no additional cost to our members.”
Thanks to Yoodli, Toastmasters members will be able to:
- Practice, record and store up to 60 minutes of speech
- Receive analytics showing their filler words, pacing, word choice, and more.
- View an auto-generated transcript of their speech
- Share a speech with others
- Play word games created by Yoodli
“We unveiled the Yoodli platform to Toastmasters members at the organization’s international convention in August and the feedback has been amazing,” says Varun Puri, co-founder of Yoodli. “We envision a world where public speaking is fun, uplifting and collaborative, as opposed to something that induces anxiety. Our partnership with Toastmasters, the global expert in public speaking, will allow us to expand our platform around the world.”
Yoodli got more than $7 million funding that should last several years. Some of their investors include Microsoft co-founder by Paul Allen AI Institute, Cercano Capital and Madrona Venture Group, one of Amazon’s early investors.
For more information about this partnership or to interview a Toastmasters representative, please contact Denis Olson at [email protected].
To interview a Yoodli representative, please contact the Yoodli team at [email protected].
About Toastmasters International
Toastmasters International is a global, nonprofit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Based at Englewood, Colo., the membership of the organization exceeds 280,000 in more than 14,700 clubs in 144 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders. For more information on local Toastmasters clubs, please visit www.toastmasters.org. Follow @Toastmasters on Twitter.
Yoodli is a technology platform that helps people improve their communication skills in a non-judgmental environment. Yoodli provides users with personalized, real-time feedback on their filler words, body language, and more to help them nail their next speech, interview, or presentation. The company is backed by Madrona Venture Group, the Allen AI Institute, and Cercano Capital and was recently voted one of the Pacific Northwest’s Top 5 Startups. For more information, visit www.yoodli.ai or contact [email protected].
SOURCE Toastmasters International