About ITC


POWERtalk International was founded in 1938 under the name of International Toastmistress Clubs in San Francisco, California, USA. The organization was primarily for women but as the organization grew to attract both men and women, the organizations name was changed to International Training in Communication in 1985. In 2007, the brand name of Powertalk International was adopted with the tag line ….coaching in effective speaking.

Today the organization has members in:

Australia Germany Netherlands
Austria Greece New Zealand
Bahamas Hong Kong Scotland
Belgium Iceland South Africa
Canada Japan Thailand
Czech Republic Malawi United States
England Mexico Zimbabwe



The ITC Board of Directors is the governing body. The ITC fiscal year is August 1 to July 31. This level holds a biennially each July at a different site each year.

2013 – Oahu, Hawaii


This is the third level of organized operation in the ITC Structure. It embraces all clubs of those councils within its boundaries. Boundaries of sierra Pacific Region include Hawaii; Reno, Nevada; and Northern California. The purpose of the region is to coordinate the activities of the councils.


The second level of organized operation in ITC is the council. Council membership consists of 3-16 clubs assigned within a geographic area. Sierra Pacific Region has six councils. The purpose of the council is to provide a medium for the exchange of ideas. Beginning 2003-2004, councils became an organizational option. Clubs may choose to report to the region directly or exist as “clubs-at-large.” Please see the ITC website for guidance: http://www.powertalkinternational.com/


The individual ITC club is the basic component of the entire organizational structure. Clubs are composed of 4 to 30 active voting members. The purpose of the club is to assist in the development of the individual member.


We, as members of International Training in Communication, hereby pledge to improve our communication and leadership skills, in order to achieve greater understanding throughout the world.


To foster free and open discussion which shall be without bias on all subjects, whether political, social, economic, racial or religious.


To love our language, and use it with grace and facility.


CoachingĀ  in effective speaking…