Welcome to Toast of the Town Toastmasters

PHOTOS

Practice your listening skills.

Get comfortable speaking in front of a crowd.

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.

Have fun with our friendly group.

Enjoy refreshments during meeting breaks.

TOT is one of the most accomplished clubs in Seattle.

Toastmaster 12

Join us and become the speaker you've always wanted to be.

MEETINGS

MEETINGS

Thursday Evenings 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Temporarily meeting online using Zoom video conference calls.

5-7 minute speeches

Each week three members give a prepared speech. Members typically work from Pathways, Toastmaster's learning curriculum, to expand their communication skills.

Table Topics

This is where we practice thinking on our feet. The Table Topics Master asks questions to members and guests, who answer with a 45 second to 1.5 minute response.

Timer

Punctuality is important, and we pride ourselves in running a tight meeting. Our Timer helps us to do just that.

Evaluations

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 of improvement for future speeches.

Grammarian & Ah Counter

The Grammarian notes interesting uses of the English language. The Ah Counter tallies our Ahs, Ums, and other filler words which detract from our effectiveness.

Break

We provide refreshments during a break every meeting. Enjoy the snacks and socialize with your fellow toastmasters.

ABOUT US

ABOUT US

Toast of the Town follows the Toastmasters International program and was established in 1988.

Toast of the Town

Our club 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 and distinguished in the area. Visitors are very welcome at our meetings. Speakers love an audience! Come visit us soon.

Testimonials

“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 challenging 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 a 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)

Leadership Team

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Kylie Keyzer - President

After years of procrastinating, I finally attended my first meeting in October 2018 at Toast of the Town and was blown away. This club is full of caring, interesting, diverse, and fun people. I look forward to meetings each week because I always learn something new, and speaking in front of a crowd is much less terrifying now. Importantly, Toastmasters has helped me to be a better product manager and leader at work.

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Brendan Smith - VP Education and Secretary

I currently serve as the Toast of the Town's (TOT) Vice President of Education and Secretary. My Toastmaster journey began in October 2018 at the West Hartford, CT Toastmasters club. I joined TOT in March 2020 after moving to Seattle in January. I was instantly impressed by the speaking talents and diversity of this club and knew this was the right one for me. I've appreciated the opportunity to get great feedback and put myself outside of my comfort zone at least once a week. Outside of the club, I work in the insurance industry as an underwriter. You can find me running along the streets and parks of Queen Anne. I still can't get over the stunning scenery of the PNW but remain a Patriots fan. Everyone likes the Pats, right?

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Steve Reno - VP Membership

Joining Toastmasters was one of my New Year's resolutions in January 2019. I immediately felt welcome at Toast of the Town, and now I'm paying it forward as VP of Membership. Our club has a strong sense of tradition, consistently hosting great meetings and special events while maintaining a fun and relaxed atmosphere in which to develop your public speaking skills.

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Melissa Quintanilha - VP Public Relations

I joined Toast of the Town in November 2019 and was impressed by how welcoming, professional, and organized the club was. I realized the power of Toastmasters after giving my ice breaker speech and getting my first official evaluation. As the owner of a product design studio, there are so many ideas I want to share and initiatives I want to lead — Toast of the Town is giving me all the tools I need to have a career and life I love.

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Irina Popova - Treasurer

Hello, my name is Irina. Currently I serve as Treasurer of the club. My Toastmasters journey started in 2016. I was looking for something that could help me to improve my public speaking and presentation skills. And, I found Toast of the Town Toastmasters! Never regretted. The atmosphere in the club is very supportive and welcoming and it is a lot of fun!!! I, personally, love listening to people's stories, that is my favorite part of being a member or the club.

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Michael Brunner - Sergeant-at-arms

Michael is a native of Buffalo New York and has worked in Southern California and Seattle Washington. He has been a homeowner in the Morgan Junction in West Seattle for 20 years. After working for Boeing for an an engineer and engineering manager for 29 years and in the aerospace industry for 34 years, he retired in summer 2017. At Boeing he worked both space (Space Shuttle) , military (C-17) and commercial (787,777, 737) projects including working at NASA for a year. During his career at Boeing, he managed teams up to 100 engineers and $ 10M+ budget projects. Since retiring he served on the Morgan Junction (MOCA) board of directors as treasurer, as well as on the affordable housing committee, and the Morgan Junction festival committee.
Michael joined Toast of the Town Toastmasters in 1998 and was an active member for about 4 years. Michael reconnected with Toast of the Town when he retired in 2017 and has been a returning member for 2.5 years. Michael has served as Sargent of Arms since 2019.
In retirement, Michael enjoys his new home - recently built in 2015, investing and trading stocks and options, giving back to his community, reading biographies and current event books, concentrating on health and fitness, connecting with friends and family across the country, and traveling.

About Us
FAQS

FAQS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., the organization's membership exceeds 357,000 in more than 16,600 clubs in 143 countries.

How long has Toastmasters been around?
Toastmasters International was founded in 1924. The Toast of the Town club was chartered in 1988.

Why do people join Toastmasters?
People join Toastmasters in order to:
• Develop the skills to persuade and convince others
• Gain a competitive advantage in the workplace
• 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

How do I join Toastmasters?
First, you are welcome to attend meetings as guest as many times as you'd like! All are welcome at Toast of the Town Toastmasters. If you decide to become a member, please work with the VP Membership to complete a member application and pay a pro-rated, six month membership due ($100/6-month), plus the new membership kit of $20.00. This fee pays for a six month membership, a subscription to Toastmaster’s magazine, and access to Pathways.

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 will enroll in Toastmaster's Pathways education program. This multi-language online learning tool allows you to leverage over 300 practical workplace skills.

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 may join Toastmasters.

How do I get more information about Toast of the Town Toastmasters?
Please contact us using the form below. Or check out our Facebook page.

CONTACT

CONTACT US

We look forward to meeting you.
We are temporarily meeting online due to Covid-19. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more.

Normal meeting location: Queen Anne United Methodist Church
1606 5th Ave W
Seattle, WA 98119