Welcome to Toast of the Town Toastmasters. We are one of the most accomplished clubs in Seattle.
Practice your listening skills.
Get comfortable speaking in front of a crowd.
The club is a great place to make new friends and connections.
Learn to tell a good story.
Select the right words and sentence structure.
Inspire you audience.
Persuade with power.
Communicate your ideas clearly, accurately and vividly.
Our club is a friendly group that welcomes guests every week.
We provide refreshments during break of every meeting.
TOT is one of the most accomplished clubs in Seattle.
Join us, create the image that you want to be perceived.
Each week three members give their prepared speech. Members typically work from one of our self-paced manuals on speeches to expand their communication skills.
This is where we practice thinking on our feet. The Table Topics Master, introduces a series of questions. Each participating member then answers one question with a 1-to-2 minute response.
Punctuality is important, and we pride ourselves in running a tight meeting. Our Timer helps us to do just that.
Each presentation is given a 2-3 minute evaluation, which is actually a speech in and of itself. Effective evaluations note what worked well and suggest areas to improve on in future speeches.
The Grammarian also notes uses of both good and poor grammar, offering suggestions for improvement. “Ah’s”, “Um’s”, and other verbal pauses detract from our effectiveness.
We provide refreshments during break of every meeting. Enjoy the snacks and socialize with your fellow toastmasters.
TOT features a wealth of experienced members and a diverse group of newer members. All come with varying life experiences and provide a rich learning environment for you to improve your oral communication. The club is one of the most active in the area and just finished celebrating its 27th year. Visitors are very welcome to find out what it's all about. Speakers love an audience! Come visit us soon.
“Within 6 months of joining TOT Toastmasters, I was looking for a new job. The wonderfully supportive meeting environment and the opportunity to practice speaking and leadership skills have had a tremendously positive impact on my life, especially at this challenge career time.
I accepted an opportunity to be one of 7 speakers before 75 potential employers. I practiced my “elevator speech,” which was a succinct introduction of me and my skills. I built in the gestures and pauses at key points of my presentation for emphasis – and as a safety net to help me maintain my focus should nerves set-in. The day of the event, I arrived early to become familiar with the speaking area.
Panic set in when the first speaker was handed a hand-held microphone; the house lights dimmed and a lone light shone on them. How was I to gesture with a mic in my hand? After my speaking turn went well, I remember smiling at the audience.
That likely turned to a beaming smile during the Question/Answer period after everybody spoke. One employer stood up and asked that I speak with him later that day. While my next job was not with this company, I am positive that this speaking opportunity and the practice at Toast of the Town Toastmasters led to my success in my current employment.
I am very appreciative of the increase in confidence that is evident in all aspects of my personal and professional life. The combination of speaking and leadership skills practiced through Toastmasters really builds confidence.”
— - Lynn C. (member since January/2013)
“I joined ToT in the Fall of 2012 as a way of learning a new skill and doing it together with my husband. We both felt it would be useful to become better public speakers.
We really enjoyed the first meeting at Toast of the Town and immediately decided to join. The supportive and encouraging environment at the meetings kept us coming back and really helped us improve.
I was nervous with both prepared and impromptu speaking at first but got really comfortable speaking in front of people within a few months and really enjoy it today. This is not to say that I don't have butterflies before speaking publicly, I still do, but once I start speaking, it goes away.
This comfort made a huge difference last year (2013). I had founded a nonprofit earlier in the year and entered a competition called Social Venture Fast Pitch. Thanks to the skills I'd gained at Toastmasters as well as astyle="text-align:justify" LOT of practice, I won a few awards that included $20,000 in grant money. This gave my organization a lot of momentum and visibility.
We talk about our Toastmasters experience a lot with our friends and encourage everyone to give it a try.”
—- Veena P. (member since 2012)
“This might sound a little strange, but I was at a friend’s funeral and they asked if anyone wanted to come up to the front of the church and say a little about the guy who had died. No one moved, but I had been in Toastmasters long enough to get over the jitters, and I thought that it was important for someone to say something, so I walked up there and gave a little speech with a good opening, middle and close. As I was walking up to the front I thought of a strong close, so I turned to my friend’s widow and said "and thank you, Patty, for taking good care of my friend." I heard sobs throughout the church, so I knew I had done a good job. Everyone complimented me afterwards.”
— - Ed L. (member since 1998)
"I started my Toastmasters adventure in California in the fall of 2012 and was very pleased to find Toast of the Town in my new neighborhood when I moved to Seattle a year later. TOT is a very friendly and dynamic club that offers lots of opportunities to grow as a speaker, team player, and leader—every single week. Not only did TOT allow me to speak regularly enough to finish my Competent Communication manual (Toastmasters' first series of prepared speeches) and start Advanced manuals within the first six months, but club members also encouraged me to use my leadership skills and become a club officer. I have gained a lot of confidence in my ability to speak in public (with preparation or on the spot), provide feedback, organize and facilitate meetings, and contribute to my club's success."
— - Estelle B. (member since November 2012)
What is Toastmasters?
Toastmasters is a self-paced educational organization that teaches communication, leadership, training, and management skills – fostering personal growth and self-confidence. Toastmasters International is the largest and most successful communication and leadership development organization worldwide.
How long has Toastmasters been around?
Toastmasters International was founded in 1924 and now has over 12,500 clubs in over 113 countries around the world.
Why do people join Toastmasters?
People join Toastmasters in order to:
• Develop the skills to persuade and convince others
• Learn to put their ideas across clearly and with conviction
• Improve their self-confidence before a group of people
• Learn to think quickly and clearly under pressure
• Learn to listen effectively and critically
• Train to become a good leader
What specifically will I learn to do as a Toastmaster?
In Toastmasters, you learn by doing:
• How to give an impromptu speech
• How to give a prepared speech
• How to evaluate what you hear
• How to introduce speakers
• How to chair and run meetings
• How to communicate and lead
How do I learn these skills?
Once you join Toastmasters, you receive a complete educational kit covering all aspects of communication and leadership skills. This reflects the years of experience Toastmasters has in helping people just like you. It takes you step by step through the art of making and evaluating speeches.
How soon will I be an expert?
Each member will progress at their own pace. Some move faster than others but everyone that joins Toastmasters and participates in the program can be sure they will become a competent speaker and leader. As you proceed, you will find that situations that once terrified you, now hold no fears for you.
Who can join Toastmasters?
Anyone over the age of 18 years may join Toastmasters. With thousands of clubs worldwide, there’s bound to be a club near you!
How do I join Toastmasters?
All is welcomed at Toast of the Town Toastmasters! Once you’ve decided to become a member, please contact and work with the VP of Membership to complete a member application, survey, and pay a pro-rated, six month membership due, plus the new membership kit of $20.00. This fee pays for a six month membership, a subscription to Toastmaster’s magazine and educational manuals.
How do I get more information about Toast of the Town Toastmasters?
Please contact us via email: info@imaginativedesign.CO with any questions, comments and how to contact you. Someone from our club will be in contact shortly. You may also use the form Contact Us.