This is an oddly specific WordPress theme, it’s designed specifically for Toastmasters clubs, if you don’t know what those are, you’re going to learn all about them here.
What are Toastmasters you ask? Well, it’s a worldwide club that promotes public speaking, leadership skills and communication. A lot of people are quite afraid of public speaking, so it’s kind of an interesting idea to get yourself into the game. Each of these clubs has dozens of members and meetings are held every week or two, generally in the evening. Each Toastmasters Club has a different set of requirements that can lead to them becoming chartered members of Toastmasters International. They’ll have table topics, sort of off-the-cuff speeches that are assigned on the spot by a ‘Topicmaster’. What’s the goal? Well, to learn to think on your feet with minimal preparation. Then, attendees are asked to vote on who they thought gave the best speech.
It’s pretty cool idea, and this handy WordPress theme is designed for Toastmaster clubs. Here’s a visual for you.
While Lectern can be used for any purpose, it was designed as an easy-to-install theme for Toastmasters clubs and districts wanting to set up a site that uses WordPress but conforms to the organization’s branding guidelines. It can be used in combination with the RSVPMaker for Toastmasters plugin or separately. The header setup works well with the branded banner images Toastmasters has approved for use on the web, which can be easily imported through the Theme Customizer. Site owners using the theme for other purposes can upload their own header image, which will be displayed as a background image behind the site title and tagline. The header layout and navigation menu are configured to be responsive, reformatting for display on smart phones and other small screens.
Okay, now on to more information.
With over a thousand installations shown in wordpress.org, this theme has proven to be quite popular. I guess it’s not just for Toastmaster clubs after all? If you’d like to see more of a selection of blog themes for WordPress, our full collection has dozens of outstanding examples. I’m sure that you’ll find something that you love there.