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Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Our membership is 270,000 strong. These members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 13,000 clubs that make up our global network of meeting locations.

Membership in Toastmasters is one of the greatest investments you can make in yourself. At $55 every six months, it is also one of the most cost-effective skill-building tools available anywhere. Individual clubs may require extra nominal payments for club dues.

District 4 Toastmasters comprises about 230 clubs from San Francisco to Monterey! Each Toastmasters club provides a safe and supportive environment to practice communication and leadership skills. We will post significant Toastmasters events in this Meetup where you can drop in and meet other Toastmasters and see how they have benefited from being Toastmasters. Speech contests, District conferences and Club Open Houses are opportunities to experience Toastmasters.

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 on assigned topics, conduct meetings and develop skills related to timekeeping, grammar and parliamentary procedure.

Members learn communication skills by working in the Competent Communication manual (http://www.toastmasters.org/Members/MemberExperience/EducationalProgram/CommunicationTrack.aspx), a series of 10 self-paced speaking assignments designed to instill a basic foundation in public speaking.

Upcoming events (5)

San Francisco Downtown Toastmasters Meeting

San Francisco

PLEASE READ: Due to the coronavirus pandemic and out of concern for our members and guests, we will be holding virtual meetings for the foreseeable future. Please email [masked] to RSVP and for the Zoom link.

We are a San Francisco-based Toastmasters club focused on helping our members meet their public speaking, communication and leadership goals through engaging speech practice and presentation exercises. New members are always welcome!

Format: Our agenda is broken up into 3 main sections

1. Prepared Speeches
2. Table Topics - gives members and guests an opportunity for impromptu speaking
3. Evaluations of prepared speeches

Toastmaster: meeting's director and host
Meeting Speaker: Every speaker is a role model and club members learn from one another's speeches
Table Topics Speaker: Table Topics helps members develop their impromptu speaking skills
Evaluator: provide verbal and written feedback to meeting speakers
Timer: times speeches and table topics impromptu speaking
Ah Counter: notes any overused words and filler words
Grammarian: helps club members improve their grammar and vocabulary


Email: [masked]

Monday Night Live Toastmasters (San Francisco)

Online event

Monday Night Live (formerly GGU Toastmasters) is a San Francisco based club, established in 1998. We are small but well organized group that loves to have fun while honing our public speaking and leadership skills. All visitors are welcome and hands-on participation is encouraged!

Palo Alto Early Risers Toastmasters

3391 Middlefield Rd

Early Risers Toastmasters is a community club open to anyone who is interested in joining. We are a friendly and diverse group of people who support each other in improving our communication and leadership skills, and we receive an exceptional number of awards due to the strength of our education program. Early Risers Toastmasters, established in 1958, is one of the oldest Toastmasters clubs in the Bay Area.

Join us online on Zoom! Our meetings are held each Tuesday at 6:30–8:00 am PT. If you would like to attend, please RVSP at [masked].

You can learn more about us at https://2117.toastmastersclubs.org/

SRI Organon Toastmasters

Online event

SRI Organon Toastmasters Club meets every Tuesday from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm (PDT). We meet online at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83888447143. Club members come from diverse backgrounds, and guests are always welcome. See us at www.sriorganon.com.

Come hear some interesting speeches, helpful evaluations, and a fun impromptu session we call Table Topics in which you can participate if you wish.

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San Francisco Storytellers Weekly Meeting

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