The Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Toastmasters Club welcomes all entrepreneurs, engineers, professionals and students to join the meetings. Please join us if you want to improve your public speaking and communication skills, or enhance your professional leadership effectiveness.
12:00 pm: Open for Registration
12:15 pm: Networking
12:30 pm: Toastmasters Meeting
1:30 pm: Adjourn
Every last Thursday of the month, we have a "pitch training session" specially designed for entrepreneurs and startup founders.
Why Should You Join Toastmasters?
Everyone has their own personal reasons for joining Toastmasters, but here are a few of the most common:
- Become a Better Public Speaker
Members work through a series of educational programs (at their own pace) designed to improve their ability to write speeches, design presentations, and deliver them.
- Overcome Public Speaking Fears
The most positive and supportive audience in the world is a Toastmasters club audience. Speaking regularly in front of a group helps you calm your nerves and communicate effectively.
- “Practice” Presentations for Other Audiences
Everyone has different motivations for wanting to speak better. Maybe you want to hone your presentation skills for your career. Perhaps you want to be able to speak out in your volunteer organization. Maybe you want to complement your portfolio as an author, manager, or other professional with speaking gigs? Whatever the case, Toastmasters is a wonderful laboratory for you to practice your presentations and gain valuable feedback.
- Gain the Confidence and Courage to Lead
Leadership and communication skills are intimately bound. Some might argue that leadership is nothing more than the ability to effectively communicate a vision. As your communication skills improve, your ability to lead will improve as well.
Many Six Minutes readers are Toastmasters, so I’ll pass this question to you.
Why did you join?
What advice would you pass to someone considering joining?
Let us know in the comments.