About Toastmasters Clubs
A Friendly, Supportive Environment
Every club has its own culture and personality, but all are welcoming. No matter the club, the goals are the same: help people improve their communication and leadership skills in a mutually supportive atmosphere.
Types of Clubs
Our clubs extend across a broad range, from beginner to advanced and specialty clubs.
Clubs in Action
Visiting a club meeting may be the single best way to learn about Toastmasters.
How a Club Meeting Works
A Toastmasters club is a shared “learning lab” where members learn by doing in a friendly, mutually supportive environment. Meetings typically last 60-90 minutes and consist of three main sections:
- Prepared Speeches: 2-3 members prepare a speech to deliver in front of club members for feedback.
- Table Topics: Members have an opportunity to practice impromptu speaking skills.
- Evaluations: Members provide constructive feedback to those who participated in the meeting.
In addition to giving a speech, there are many ways that club members can participate during a club meeting. Here is a quick summary of common roles for most meetings.
Toastmaster of the Day
Leads the meeting. Responsible for the agenda and confirming all meeting roles.
Prepares a speech using project guidelines in Pathways, and delivers the speech to meet the speech objectives.
Table Topics Master
Prepares topics for attendees to address in an exercise of impromptu speaking.
Leads the team of Evaluators, Grammarian, Ah-Counter, and Timer. Provides overall evaluation of the meeting.
Evaluate a prepared speech according to the criteria for that speech.
Listens to all speakers and makes note of exemplary use of grammar, or areas where usage can be improved. Reports on usage of the ”word of the day.”
Listens to all speakers and makes note of filler words used such as “uh,” “um,” and “you know.”
Gives green/yellow/red timing signals to Speakers, Table Topics participants, and Evaluators.
A Wide Range of Clubs
District 101 includes clubs from Mountain View to Monterey, including a variety of clubs with different levels of experience, different areas of focus, and different special interests.
While each Toastmasters club has its own unique atmosphere, there are typically three common sections of a club meeting that give participants an opportunity to learn and grow.
- Table Topics: answering impromptu questions
- Speeches: giving prepared speeches based on a specific set of objectives
- Evaluations: providing and receiving feedback
If you’d like to learn more about our clubs, visiting one or more clubs can help you find one that suits you.
Types of Clubs
For people looking for a more advanced or specialized experience, District 101 also has several specialty clubs that offer members a variety of unique experiences.
Here are a few clubs that focus on a specific speaking skill or area, that provide advanced leadership training, or that conduct their meetings in languages other than English.
Bilingual / Non-English Clubs
– Silicon Valley JETS (Japanese English Toastmasters)
– Mandarin English Toastmasters Mountain View,
– Silicon Valley Mandarin English Toastmasters
* Many of these clubs have membership requirements. See each club’s information for details.