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U Speak Easy Toastmasters meeting

Note: We've moved our usual fourth Wednesday of the month meeting to November 30, the fifth Wednesday in November, to make it easier on those celebrating Thanksgiving.

Visitors and newcomers are welcome. Is improving your speaking skills one of your goals? Are you looking to develop leadership skills? Prepare for a book tour? Pitch your startup? Influence public policy? Meet others who are improving their skills by joining this all volunteer non-profit organization.

We meet the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month in the Community Building of the Winslow Arms Apartments on Bainbridge Island. The Community building is a one story clubhouse located just behind the main block of apartments. We generally have 10-20 members and guests attending each meeting. We often will have 2-3 prepared speeches that last around 7 minutes each, followed by impromptu speaking opportunities. It's a lot of fun. Everyone is a volunteer- it's a local non-profit organization with deep roots in the community built over the past 10 years. We have about 17 active members (not all of whom are on yet) from all walks of life. We often have guests join us. Walk-in's are welcome.

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Our global membership is 280,000 strong. These members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 13,500 clubs in 116 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations.

Membership in Toastmasters is one of the greatest investments you can make in yourself. It is among the most cost-effective skill-building tools available anywhere.

How Does It Work?

A Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere.
There is no instructor in a Toastmasters meeting. Instead, members evaluate one another’s presentations. This feedback process is a key part of the program’s success.

Meeting participants also give impromptu talks, conduct meetings and develop skills related to timekeeping, grammar, and process.

Members learn communication skills by working in the Competent Communication manual, a series of 10 self-paced speaking assignments designed to instill a basic foundation in public speaking.

We also have members working through some of the advanced manuals preparing for such activities as media interaction, speech contests, and story telling.

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