What we're about

Toastmasters is the world's leading public speaking and leadership development program. Our Evening Toastmasters Live Oak, Santa Cruz, California meets every Monday EVENING from 6:30PM to 8PM.

Most people associate the name Toastmasters with public speaking improvement training, but did you know that public speaking is only HALF of what we offer? The Pathways education program offers valuable leadership training as well as public speaking skills.

The world needs leaders. Leaders head families, coach teams, run businesses and mentor others. These leaders must not only accomplish, they must communicate. By regularly giving speeches, gaining feedback, leading teams and guiding others to achieve their goals in a supportive atmosphere, leaders emerge from the Toastmasters program. Every Toastmasters journey begins with a single speech. During their journey, they learn to tell their stories. They listen and answer. They plan and lead. They give feedback—and accept it. Through our community of learners, they find their path to leadership.

Evening Toastmasters is a well established club having its beginnings in 1991 at a little library room in Santa Cruz. We have now grown to occupy a very comfortable space in the Live Oak Senior's Center at 1777 Capitola Road, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 and regularly have 15 to 20+ members in attendance.

Plenty of free parking and only a short walk from your car to our front door.

Enough about us, let's talk about YOU!

What are YOUR personal improvement goals?

Do you want to apply for an advancement at work which will require presentation skills?

Are you thinking of starting your own company and need to obtain funding?

Are you working at a non-profit and need to apply for grant money by making a powerful presentation?

Maybe you would like to feel more comfortable in social settings.

Friend's wedding coming up? Be the Toastmaster of that very special event!

We have helped our members achieve these goals and more. We WILL help YOU get there!

You have FRIENDS here whom you haven't met yet!!! Our members are from all walks of life - from students to retirees, from self-employed to corporate to public service. With so much diversity, there is always something new to learn from someone!

Our club is very proud of our award winning history! We have been awarded Presidential Distinguished and Select Distinguished several times over.

We have very active and experienced leadership, as well as a well organized Mentorship program in our club. New members may choose to buddy up with an experienced member to "learn the ropes" as it were. Your mentor will provide as much personal guidance as you request. Then, when you are ready, you may become a Mentor and help one or more of the next group on their way to reaching their personal goals.

Now here's something we have not mentioned... do you like to LAUGH and have FUN?

Our members LOVE to laugh and have FUN! We love to entertain and to be entertained! We are sometimes completely spontaneous and goofy!!!

You will find nothing but support and appreciation at Evening Toastmasters. We have a structured evaluation program at every meeting. Our speakers NEVER go home wondering, "how did I do?" We give our speakers positive feedback and valuable suggestions for improvement after every speech. Every meeting is a learning experience and again you choose your learning pace.

You FOUND Us! Now come to a FREE meeting and get to know us!

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