What we're about

Are you paralyzed by the mere thought of standing in front of an audience, speaking up at a meeting, presenting your ideas or pitching your business concept? Does your mind 'freeze' when you try to think of something to say on the spot? Would you like to feel more comfortable at job interviews? Fear not. We're an enthusiastic and supportive group of folks who can help – because we've all been there. We'll help you 'think on your feet' as well as look great and feel confident whenever you're ready to deliver a prepared speech. Guaranteed. Our club meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday evening of the month [and usually the second Saturday, in the morning] in Cambridge, Massachusetts. You may also visit our blog at: https://speakupcambridge.wordpress.com/
and: https://twitter.com/speakupcamb

We are a chapter of Toastmasters International. We follow the time-tested Toastmasters curriculum, and throw in a few significant variations of our own. Our meetups frequently have a "workshop" vibe.

Visitors are welcome to attend these meetups as guests for free.

Upcoming events (1)

Take that First Step Wed Oct 27, Sparkle when you speak

This is an online event.
IF YOU'RE NEW TO SPEAK UP, See note below.

Speaking online can be more entertaining than you're accustomed to. We've brought our fun and improvisational tools to the zoom world and we'd love to share them with you.

We'll not only show you how to speak effectively to a live audience; we'll help you improve your online presence, too.

** Our online mtgs are much smaller than our live ones. If you wish to attend, you'll need to rsvp AND SEND A MSG TO THE MEETUP ORGANIZER: Just a sentence explaining why you wish to attend. We'll then email you Registration directions. **

Sorry for the extra step, but we need to keep things manageable and provide a good experience for you.

Tackle one of your biggest personal challenges and social anxieties - Live life out loud. There simply is no better place - or more supportive group - to do it.

If you're new to Speak Up Cambridge, what should you expect from our meetups?

What about something fun, entertaining and surprising.

First-time (and returning) guests enjoy our simple exercises and learn useful techniques for connecting with an audience.

Our meetups (live and online) are fast-paced and engaging. Nobody feels intimidated. Experience it for yourself: You'll get to listen to prepared speeches and learn simple yet effective speaking tips.

We are a chapter of TOASTMASTERS International. We follow the time-tested Toastmasters curriculum, and throw in a few significant variations of our own.

You are welcome to participate in our two-minute impromptu speaking exercises, but certainly not required. We do have a 30-second Round Robin that everyone participates in (it’s fun and easy), and you'll probably be asked to introduce yourself (talk very briefly about an interest, or what brought you there).

Pretty basic, no surprises. The only requirement is to enjoy yourself and get a sense of how the meetups run. [They start promptly at 6:50, so please sign in before 6:45. They end at 8:45 pm.]

Who will you meet? People
- terrified of addressing a group
- who have passed up promotions because of their fear
- who want to feel more comfortable speaking at work
- who want to tell a story.... or organize their thoughts + think on their feet
- tired of feeling ‘tongue-tied’
- ready to find courage and tame their anxiety

As well as experienced speakers and evaluators to learn from.

[If you're new to Speak Up, Remember to send a brief msg to the meetup organizer when you RSVP.]
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See the "About Us" tab for more info.
Also our blog at: https://speakupcambridge.wordpress.com/

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