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Guest Guide


Welcome to the Startup Speakers Toastmasters Club. This guide is designed to give you a brief introduction to Toastmasters and our club. If you haven’t already done so, please join our meetup group.


Purpose of Toastmasters

Toastmasters provides the opportunity to develop your communication and leadership skills in a structured environment that is friendly and supportive.


Communication and Leadership Program

All members receive the Communications and Leadership Program Manual, which includes a series of ten speech assignments designed to provide instruction and practice in public speaking. After completing the ten speeches, a member becomes a Competent Communicator (CC), and continues to develop speaking and leadership skills by using a variety of Advanced Manuals.

A Typical Toastmaster Meeting

Call Meeting to Order: The Club Presidents calls the meeting to order and asks for the invocation and Pledge of Allegiance.
Introduction of Guests: The President will ask one of our Members to introduce any guests. At the end of the meeting you have an opportunity to comment on the proceedings.
Business Section: New business, old business and any other discussions about the Club is dealt with here.
Introduction of Today’s Toastmaster: The Toastmaster introduces how the meeting is set up, the theme of the meeting, and coordinates the remainder of the meeting’s activities.
Introduction of the General Evaluator: The General Evaluator introduces the functionaries, leads the evaluation portion of the meeting, and evaluates the entire meeting. Each member is given a ballot to vote for their favorite speaker in the categories of Table Topics, Prepared Speeches, and Evaluations.
Table Topics: The Toastmaster will introduce today’s Table Topic Master, who will conduct the Table Topics portion of the meeting. Members are asked to give a one to two minute impromptu talk on the day’s theme.
Prepared Speeches: Three prepared speeches are presented by members following the objectives given in the Communication and Leadership Program Manual, or one of the many Toastmasters’ Advanced Manuals.
Evaluation Section: The designated evaluators are introduced, and assess the speaker’s performance, reinforcing the positive aspects of the speech, and suggest areas for improvement.
Ballots: Member can make comments for each prepared speech and vote for the best Table Topics, Evaluator and Speaker.
Presentation of Awards: Ballots are passed forward for counting and the General Evaluator gives his report on how the meeting was conducted. When the votes are counted, ribbons are presented to the best Table Topic speaker, best Evaluator and best Speaker of the day.
Closing of Meeting: Control is returned to the President, who will ask the guest(s) to share their opinion of the day’s meeting, ask for the Quote of the Day, and then close the meeting.

For More Information

If you would like more information on the club, send email to info@startupspeakers.us. To join or get more information on joining, send email to newmembers@startupspeakers.us. And, of course, you are welcome to attend a meeting to talk directly with the club members about joining.

For more info on all aspects of Toastmasters, please check out our local district's website. To learn more about Toastmasters Clubs all over the world, check out the Toastmasters International website.

Want to see what our meetings are all about? Check out our videos on the Startup Speakers YouTube channel! See how the public speaking skills of our members improve with practice and time. You too can improve your presentation skills. Join us now!

See you at the next meeting!

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