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Townsend Toastmasters Club

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Looking to improve your speaking and leadership skills? Ignite your career? Win that job interview?   We are a part of Toastmasters International , which has helped people all over the world with their communication and leadership skills. Ours is an open club that provides a warm welcoming environment to improve your speaking skills. We have members from companies around the area and everyone is welcome to join us. 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. Guests are welcome - Please email us! (We're meeting virtually due to COVID-19) Questions?  Drop us a note .

2021 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking

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2021 Toastmasters International Convention World Champion of Public Speaking   Winner: Verity Price " A Great Read " 2nd place: Nitay-Yair Levi " Advice for Life" 3rd place Roger Caesar " Is It in You? "

National Book Lovers Day

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Happy National Book Lovers Day! Another wonderful meeting with an excellent theme of National Book Lovers Day. Here is a list of books recommended by our members in the meeting today. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber How to Talk So Teens Will Listen & Listen So Teens Will Talk by Adele Faber Together by Vivek H Murthy (The healing power of human connection in a sometimes lonely world) Barack Obama Speeches by Barack Obama (There are 85 speeches which would be a great reference for the Pathways level 5 project) Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson Artemis by Andy Weir Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis (Stop believing the lies about who you are so you can become who you were meant to be) Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis Dollars and Sense by Dan Ariely (How we misthink money and how to spend smarter) Becoming by Michelle Obama Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan (Winner of 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiog

Tough times never last, but tough people do

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The theme for our second story slam was GOOD TIMES, BAD TIMES and featured six storytellers from our club  ( Jenny, Raj, Anne, Jennifer, Bernice, and Kathleen ) . We heard stories about saving a stranger's life while on a kayak, the challenges of parenthood, and even a story about a fire incident.   Anne won best story and storyteller with her  impassioned and harrowing  story about her encounter with a wild bear in nature. Congrats Anne!

Virtual Story Slam: Good Times, Bad Times

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  We are thrilled to announce that we are hosting a second virtual story slam! Members will compete to tell the best story around the theme “Good Times, Bad Times.” Think of it as extended table topics where you tell us a happy story marred by a tragedy or a tragic story with a redemptive ending.  Storytellers: You have 5 minutes to take the *virtual* stage and share your story. We have 6-7 participants competing to win over the audience with their tale. External club sign ups are closed for this round. Audience: You'll be one of the judges! At the end of the meeting you will all get to vote on your favorite story. You will be sent a google form link during the meeting. To Attend: There is no charge to register or attend. You must register to attend . Once you register, we'll send you a confirmation email that includes the link to tune in on November 30. We will begin promptly at a 12:05 pm that afternoon. You are welcome to bring your lunch. It's sure to be an entertaining

Quarterly Special Event: Tips & Tricks

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Hello Townsend Toastmasters club! Join us for a special meeting this Monday where club alumni will be leading a workshop on how to take your speech evaluations and table topics to the next level. See you there!  

Table Topics Session Recap

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As someone whose job is all about public speaking, one thing I love about our club is that it’s a great place to experiment. I was able to take advantage of this when I served as Toastmaster on Feb. 1 and led a meeting that was dedicated to Table Topics.  I had the club utilize the Zoom “Annotate” feature. You can use to allow attendees to mark up images with various tools. You can add specific shapes, draw lines, select different colors etc. I had been interested in how such tools could be used with a map to talk about our experiences with different places.  I used Zoom’s screen sharing feature to display a map of San Francisco. Our Table Topics started with me picking a particular SF location and asking the speaker to give a hypothetical tour of the site. They were welcome to provide factual or fictitious information. At the end of each Table Topic, we then used Zoom’s poll feature to vote on whether we thought the speaker was telling the truth or not.  Each Table Topic spea

Special Table Topics Session

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Wish you could speak up in meetings with more confidence? Do you hold back and not say much because you’re worried you’ll say the wrong thing or be judged?  Join Townsend Toastmasters for this special fun event where we'll get to practice speaking on the spot, off the cuff and impromptu! It’s a safe, friendly environment to play around with answers to a topic. Come to participate, or come to watch and enjoy (and perhaps participate next time!) Here’s how to register for this no-cost event: email us at  tt-membership@googlegroups.com  or fill out this form