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Toastmasters International gives you the opportunity to develop your communication and leadership skills within a supportive environment of like-minded people. More-experienced speakers and leaders act as role models demonstrating the fundamentals of verbal communication.

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. The nonprofit organization with over 364,000 members in 16,400 clubs in 145 countries offers a proven – and enjoyable! – way to practice and hone communication and leadership skills.

There is no instructor; instead, each speech and meeting is critiqued by a member in a positive manner, focusing on what was done right and what could be improved. As a member, you practice and improve your skills by following the assignments in the Pathways educational program. You get to practice your skills in a wide variety of roles: as a meeting participant, as a speaker, as a club officer and as a leader at some of the different levels necessary for an international organization.

Through practice within the "laboratory of communication" clubs provide, you'll gain confidence in your abilities in delivering prepared presentations, speaking "on your feet," using visual aids and body language, effective listening, and passing what you learn on to others. The educational material has been rigorously and professionally prepared, used by hundreds of thousands of men and women over the past decades, and improved based on their feedback.

 

Typical Club Meeting

The purpose of Toastmasters is to help members overcome apprehensions about speaking in public and to improve communication skills.

This is accomplished by providing a self-paced, focused speaking program with a supportive, experienced group of people to assist you. This mutual support will help you become more effective in several skills, including formal public presentations, individual communications, impromptu speaking situations, managing and participating in meetings, and leading and managing people.

The chief mechanism in developing these skills is through the typical club meeting, which is designed to provide an opportunity to practice various techniques in a variety of situations. A normal Toastmasters meeting will, therefore, contain a number of individual sections within the meeting, as described below.

Table Topics
During this portion of the meeting, club members (and sometimes guests) practice impromptu speaking by responding to topic questions prepared by the Table Topics Master.

Prepared Speeches
In this section, assigned members practice their public speaking skills by giving a prepared presentation from one of the Pathways learning experience projects. Each project has a specific objective in an area that helps members practice different speaking and leadership skills. The objectives are designed as guidelines to help you think about the various qualities that comprise a good speech or leader. Some members may be just starting out, while others may be more advanced. Remember, though, all Toastmasters began just as you did and, as you learn from each project, you will be able to reach and exceed what you see in your first meetings.

Evaluations
During this portion, members practice their listening and evaluation skills. Assigned members will give evaluations of the prepared speeches and of the meeting as a whole. These evaluations provide feedback on how the evaluators saw the presenters and will point out the positive aspects of the speech and some possible areas for improvement. Good evaluations are the hallmark of good Toastmasters.

Roles in a Meeting
Other members fill a number of roles in order to help the meeting flow smoothly and improve the quality of the meeting.

  • The Toastmaster prepares and leads the meeting as "host."
  • The Table Topics Master leads the impromptu speaking portion.
  • The General Evaluator conducts the evaluation portion.
  • The Timer supports everyone by reminding them of their use of time.
  • The Ah Counter notes any word or sound used as a crutch, so speakers can become aware and correct them.

 

Finding and Visiting a Club

Visit a Club
Visiting a club is the best way to learn more about Toastmasters. While the information contained in this web site can give you a good idea of what to expect, the best way to learn what Toastmasters can provide to you is to visit one of our clubs' meetings. Contact a club using the email or telephone number provided. If the club has its own web site, you may get additional contact information there.

Visit More Than One Club
We encourage you to visit more than one club as each club has its own individual personality. Even with these different personalities, however, each club adheres to the core principles of Toastmasters: namely, to improve its members' speaking skills in a supportive environment.

You Are Always Welcome
You are always welcome at our meetings. You may take part if you wish, or just watch and listen. As a guest you will be introduced so that the members of the club know who you are, and we encourage you to join us. The decision to take that first step toward becoming a better speaker, however, is entirely up to you.

 
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Public Relations Manager -  Joe Bresler, CC/ALS

Joe Bresler

Contact Joe at pr@d4tm.org

What attracted me to Toastmasters a few short years ago, was the desire to step back into public speaking, after taking a break for several years. Once I joined my first club meeting, I was hooked, not only because of the opportunity to practice and sharpen my skills in public speaking, but also because I quickly learned that Toastmasters would provide me with an amazing opportunity to refine my leadership skills, and to take control of my professional development more broadly.

Through serving in club and district leadership roles as Vice President of Public Relations, Area Director, and Division Director, I've found that I've been able to connect more deeply with the Toastmasters community at-large, and have had the opportunity to mentor, guide, and support others at all levels of the district and all stages of their professional development. It is very satisfying for me to continue in district leadership this year as the Public Relations Manager, which I see as a way to be able to give back to the individuals and the broader district that has supported me so well in my own personal journey.

This year, as I set up the District 4 Public Relations function, I'll be reaching-out to you for your input and ideas, and hope to foster an approach of open communication and collaboration. Likewise, I hope that you will feel comfortable with approaching me directly with your feedback and suggestions. We're all in this together, and I look forward to the dialog.

It is my personal goal this year to raise the visibility of District 4 among media and influencers, which in-turn will help us more broadly with supporting existing clubs and their members, as well as with building new clubs. To that end, I'm looking forward to your participation in PR-related committees and activities, whether tied to blogging, web/digital marketing, social media, video, or other communications vehicles. If you've already got the necessary PR and marketing-related skills, or simply have the curiosity and willingness to learn, I look forward to having you engage with me and with the D4 PR team. Together, we can help all our clubs and members meet and exceed their goals for the 2020-2021 year and beyond.

As part of the District's Top 4, I want to make the 2020-21 program year a very successful one for our entire Toastmasters family, and the larger community we serve.

-Joe Bresler (pr@d4tm.org)

Public Relations Awards
Submit your newsletter and/or Web page for these PR contests! Awards will be announced at the District 4 Annual Conference (past PR award recipients).

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Tim Carlisle

Program Quality Director - Tim Carlisle, DTM
Contact Tim at quality@d4tm.org

I joined Toastmasters because I needed to network outside of my IT department. I stayed in Toastmasters simply for the people I met, and how they poured their lives into me, although they didn't have to do so. I have since made it my mission to give back to the District which has helped me to transform beyond my wildest dreams. I am committed to serving others and making our organization and its people the best they can possibly be.

Change is simply a part of life – how one deals with change is critical to our success, both as leaders and communicators. When it comes to Club Growth, we need to expand our vision by starting new clubs, strengthening and retaining existing clubs and empowering motivated Toastmasters as coaches and mentors.

Please join the Quality team, and together, lets strive to improve the quality of Toastmasters programs in our District.


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Moments of Truth

Constructive feedback is the greatest gift we can give in Toastmasters. Just as you take time to evaluate speakers and functionaries at a regular meeting, take time to evaluate the overall health of your club. Does your club provide a welcoming, supportive environment for members to achieve their goals? Are members getting what they need and want from the club?

The Moments of Truth module from The Successful Club Series is an excellent place to start. This special presentation outlines six key criteria for sustaining a strong and healthy club. How does your club measure up? What can you do to improve?

District 4 is divided into six Divisions, with four to six Areas in each Division to support local Clubs. Each of the Divisions covers its own geographical area. The approximate locations are listed below and shown on our Club Locator Map which is color coded by Division.

Division Director Role
Division Directors lead and support their divisions through the supervision and support of the Area Directors. One of the primary goals of a Division Director is to ensure that each club achieves its mission and fulfills its responsibilities to its members. To achieve this, Division Directors coordinate division activities, set division goals, and assist in the training of area and club leaders.

Area Director Role
Area Directors serve as a liaison between the district and its clubs via semiannual area club visits to understand how clubs are fulfilling member needs and how the district is supporting each club.  

Clubs by Division

Division A   Menlo Park, Palo Alto and Los Altos.
Division B Daly City, Brisbane, Pacifica, South San Francisco, San Bruno, Millbrea, Burlingame, .
Division C Southeastern portion of San Francisco.
Division D Western and northeastern portion of San Francisco.
Division E Financial District and lower Embarcadero portion of San Francisco.
Division F San Mateo, Foster City, Belmont, San Carlos and Redwood City.

 

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Division A
Division A Director Alex Kalinin   Email
Area A1

Area A1 Director

Ann-Hoa Nguyen
Area A1 Director
Email

2117 Early Risers Club
937505 Virtual Speak Toastmasters Club
2784455 Superspace Toastmasters
7553405 Varian Toastmasters
7165655 Bill Dot Toast
Area A2

Area A2 Director

Nancy Giere
Area A2 Director
Email

9913 Electric Toasters Club
596069 SAP Toastmasters
3989851 A9 Toastmasters
6671684 Open Space Orators
7222791 Uber Palo Alto
Area A3

Area A3 Director

Kevin Shea
Area A3 Director
Email

8218 Palo Alto Toastmsters
1573264 Move Fast and Say Things
5048211 AWEsome Toastmasters
6671684 Slalom Silicon Valley Toastmasters Club
Area A4

Area A4 Director

Mahi Saraf
Area A4 Director
Email

33 Lee Emerson Bassett Club
1372 Menlo Park Toastmasters Club
1435 SRI Organon Club
4515 HP Hilltop Speakers Club
7827185 SRP Toastmasters

The map shown here is for the Toastmaster year that begins July 1, 2020. This club alignment was approved by the Distric Council at the Annual Business Meeting, Saturday May 16, 2020. For details, see the 2020-21 Realignment Report and Approved Realignment.

Club and meeting details are from information supplied by clubs to Toastmasters International. To make corrections, club officers should login to the Toastmasters International website and and select Club Central on the left side of the Members home page to update club meeting information.

Once corrected, please send email request to update map page to District 4 Webmaster at webmaster@d4tm.org



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