What we're about

WHO WE HOPE WILL JOIN
Beginning speakers and experienced speakers alike have all benefited from our club. We welcome anyone into this group that has an interest in developing their speaking skills in any capacity. We are a diverse and respectful group of people with a broad range of interests and backgrounds. Students, professionals, job seekers, retirees - all are welcome. Our diversity lends to fun and interesting meetings during which we hear each other’s stories, opinions, and ideas in the context of structured meeting.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM TOASTMASTERS?
· Whether you have an interest in speaking in front of larger groups or not, thinking on your feet in this context will prepare you well for interviews, participating in meetings, collaborative environments, etc. · You can expect to meet some interesting people! · You will feel supported and encouraged.

· You will learn A LOT about body language and verbal cues, story-telling, and structuring speeches in a way that maintains audience engagement.

· You may begin looking forward to a stimulating and refreshing break in your work day!

· You will learn to carry yourself with confidence when you’re under the spotlight.

OUR MEETING STRUCTURE
We begin promptly at 12:15 and conclude at 1:15. Arriving 5-10 minutes early allows for our meetings to begin on time which is important to us so that we can respect the schedules of those that need to return to work as scheduled. Our roles for the meeting are primarily set via our member portal on which we access the agenda and sign up for these roles. We begin with a prepared speech by one of the members, continue to impromptu speaking which involves all members and invites guests to participate only if they would like (“table topics”), and conclude with evaluations of the roles and impromptu speaking. Evaluations are a an important part of the meeting structure that allow us all to provide and receive encouragement and feedback.

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Find Your Voice and Speak with Confidence!

First Presbyterian Church

"If you just communicate, you can get by. But if you communicate skillfully, you can work miracles." - Jim Rohn. It's our favorite time of week! Our Pearl District Toastmasters Club is a lively, committed, welcoming, and positive group of enthusiastic folks ranging from entrepreneurs, coaches, stay-at-home moms, and authors, to professionals and creatives all seeking and giving support to one another as we push ourselves to grow our communication and leadership skills. We Love guests! Come see what we're all about as often as you'd like. Guests are also welcome to get their feet wet on the stage with an invitation to participate in the Table Topics section of our meeting which is a chance to answer an on-the-fly question in front of the group, or take a couple minutes to talk about yourself! We meet every Thursday for an hour at 12:15 in the offices behind First Presbyterian Church in downtown Portland (West side entrance). At the west side entrance give the door a knock or a buzz; a receptionist will let you in. When you enter the building turn left and go upstairs. We meet in the first room on your left (Room 207) on the second floor. If you get confused, you can ask the friendly receptionist for directions. (Note: our group has no religious affiliation; we are gratefully loaned the space). Arrive at least 5 minutes early if possible. We start promptly at 12:15, so coming early allows you to say hello, get a name tag, and settle in. We'd love to have you join us at our next meeting! You can go to the "About Us" tab on the left to get more of an idea of how our meetings work and a tiny taste of our group flavor! Also, if you want a more clear picture in mind of exactly HOW a meeting is held, please check out this short video, which serves as an example of a meeting from the Toastmasters International website: http://www.toastmasters.org/Resources/Video-Library/the-club-experience

Find Your Voice and Speak with Confidence!

First Presbyterian Church

"If you just communicate, you can get by. But if you communicate skillfully, you can work miracles." - Jim Rohn. It's our favorite time of week! Our Pearl District Toastmasters Club is a lively, committed, welcoming, and positive group of enthusiastic folks ranging from entrepreneurs, coaches, stay-at-home moms, and authors, to professionals and creatives all seeking and giving support to one another as we push ourselves to grow our communication and leadership skills. We Love guests! Come see what we're all about as often as you'd like. Guests are also welcome to get their feet wet on the stage with an invitation to participate in the Table Topics section of our meeting which is a chance to answer an on-the-fly question in front of the group, or take a couple minutes to talk about yourself! We meet every Thursday for an hour at 12:15 in the offices behind First Presbyterian Church in downtown Portland (West side entrance). At the west side entrance give the door a knock or a buzz; a receptionist will let you in. When you enter the building turn left and go upstairs. We meet in the first room on your left (Room 207) on the second floor. If you get confused, you can ask the friendly receptionist for directions. (Note: our group has no religious affiliation; we are gratefully loaned the space). Arrive at least 5 minutes early if possible. We start promptly at 12:15, so coming early allows you to say hello, get a name tag, and settle in. We'd love to have you join us at our next meeting! You can go to the "About Us" tab on the left to get more of an idea of how our meetings work and a tiny taste of our group flavor! Also, if you want a more clear picture in mind of exactly HOW a meeting is held, please check out this short video, which serves as an example of a meeting from the Toastmasters International website: http://www.toastmasters.org/Resources/Video-Library/the-club-experience

Find Your Voice and Speak with Confidence!

First Presbyterian Church

"If you just communicate, you can get by. But if you communicate skillfully, you can work miracles." - Jim Rohn. It's our favorite time of week! Our Pearl District Toastmasters Club is a lively, committed, welcoming, and positive group of enthusiastic folks ranging from entrepreneurs, coaches, stay-at-home moms, and authors, to professionals and creatives all seeking and giving support to one another as we push ourselves to grow our communication and leadership skills. We Love guests! Come see what we're all about as often as you'd like. Guests are also welcome to get their feet wet on the stage with an invitation to participate in the Table Topics section of our meeting which is a chance to answer an on-the-fly question in front of the group, or take a couple minutes to talk about yourself! We meet every Thursday for an hour at 12:15 in the offices behind First Presbyterian Church in downtown Portland (West side entrance). At the west side entrance give the door a knock or a buzz; a receptionist will let you in. When you enter the building turn left and go upstairs. We meet in the first room on your left (Room 207) on the second floor. If you get confused, you can ask the friendly receptionist for directions. (Note: our group has no religious affiliation; we are gratefully loaned the space). Arrive at least 5 minutes early if possible. We start promptly at 12:15, so coming early allows you to say hello, get a name tag, and settle in. We'd love to have you join us at our next meeting! You can go to the "About Us" tab on the left to get more of an idea of how our meetings work and a tiny taste of our group flavor! Also, if you want a more clear picture in mind of exactly HOW a meeting is held, please check out this short video, which serves as an example of a meeting from the Toastmasters International website: http://www.toastmasters.org/Resources/Video-Library/the-club-experience

Find Your Voice and Speak with Confidence!

First Presbyterian Church

"If you just communicate, you can get by. But if you communicate skillfully, you can work miracles." - Jim Rohn. It's our favorite time of week! Our Pearl District Toastmasters Club is a lively, committed, welcoming, and positive group of enthusiastic folks ranging from entrepreneurs, coaches, stay-at-home moms, and authors, to professionals and creatives all seeking and giving support to one another as we push ourselves to grow our communication and leadership skills. We Love guests! Come see what we're all about as often as you'd like. Guests are also welcome to get their feet wet on the stage with an invitation to participate in the Table Topics section of our meeting which is a chance to answer an on-the-fly question in front of the group, or take a couple minutes to talk about yourself! We meet every Thursday for an hour at 12:15 in the offices behind First Presbyterian Church in downtown Portland (West side entrance). At the west side entrance give the door a knock or a buzz; a receptionist will let you in. When you enter the building turn left and go upstairs. We meet in the first room on your left (Room 207) on the second floor. If you get confused, you can ask the friendly receptionist for directions. (Note: our group has no religious affiliation; we are gratefully loaned the space). Arrive at least 5 minutes early if possible. We start promptly at 12:15, so coming early allows you to say hello, get a name tag, and settle in. We'd love to have you join us at our next meeting! You can go to the "About Us" tab on the left to get more of an idea of how our meetings work and a tiny taste of our group flavor! Also, if you want a more clear picture in mind of exactly HOW a meeting is held, please check out this short video, which serves as an example of a meeting from the Toastmasters International website: http://www.toastmasters.org/Resources/Video-Library/the-club-experience

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Find Your Voice and Speak with Confidence!

First Presbyterian Church

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