✍️ See our latest schedule & RSVP to meetings here: mvtm.club/rsvp
ABOUT US: Founded in April 2015, we're a friendly place for people to practice their public speaking and leadership skills in a fun and supportive atmosphere. We have speakers at all levels with a diverse and creative club membership. We are currently a hybrid club!
WHEN WE MEET: Weekly on Mondays, 7pm–8:30pm PT.
For U.S. federal holidays, we either take the day off or meet only via Zoom (the latest schedule is always at mvtm.club/rsvp)
WHERE: Remote on Zoom & in-person at the
Mountain View Community Center, Elm Room
201 S Rengstorff Ave, Mountain View, CA 94040
WHO: We're open to the public and guests of all levels are always welcome!
(See our club officers & accomplishments)
CLUB MISSION: We're one of over 14,700 Toastmasters International clubs, whose mission is to provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.
Are you a Toastmaster from another club?
We have great resources to borrow from here: mvtm.club/meeting-resources
Or are you an experienced Toastmaster looking for a speaking slot to practice? We have great evaluators. Email club officers at mountainviewtoastmastersofficers (at) googlegroups.com to see if we have an opening.
👋 For guests
How often can we attend as guests?
Guests can attend as many times as they’d like! As a guest, you can give audience feedback and participate in Table Topics (impromptu speaking).
What to expect at a Mountain View Toastmasters meeting:
At the beginning of the meeting, you’ll be invited to briefly introduce yourself.
You’re encouraged to participate during the meeting by writing evaluations for speakers and if time allows, you can participate during Table Topics (impromptu speaking).
At the end of the meeting, you'll be asked to share any feedback about the meeting. This video shows what to expect from a typical Toastmasters meeting: https://youtu.be/383gehepo8M
AGENDA FOR A STANDARD MVTM MEETING:
7:00 Meeting begins promptly - Guest introductions
7:04 Jokemaster & Functionary introductions
7:10 Prepared speeches
7:25 Table Topics (impromptu speeches)
7:40 Evaluations of prepared speeches + feedback
7:50 Guest comments + Tip of the Day
7:55 Fill roles for next meeting + Club announcements
8:00 Meeting ends
Why should we join Toastmasters?
Prepared speeches and functionary roles are reserved for paying members
You may notice that every meeting has functionary roles (Weekly Toastmaster, Jokemaster, General Evaluator, Recorder, Timer, Ah Counter, Wordmaster/Grammarian, Table Topics Master, Speech Evaluator), which provide opportunities for any member to practice speaking, moderating, listening, giving feedback, and running an event, even when they're not giving a prepared speech that week.
A Toastmasters meeting is a weekly multi-skill workshop for all club members!
Members can also become club officers, which is an opportunity to practice decision-making, collaborating, negotiating, delegating, and other leadership skills within an encouraging group—a condition that isn't usually available in the workplace!
How are prepared speeches chosen/what is Pathways?
Prepared speeches are the output of projects in Pathways, which is the Toastmasters education system.
Pathways has 11 specialized learning Paths (click here for an overview of the 11 Paths and the projects in them)
Each Path takes members through 5 Levels of projects, starting with the beginner's Ice Breaker and ending with an advanced speech at the end. Each path is structured to help members steadily acquire new skills.
The topic of each speech is totally up to the Toastmaster! We always recommend picking topics that are well-suited for / allow the member to embrace the project goals. That's the best way to improve and build skills.
How should I pick a club?
Pick our club! Just kidding. We highly recommend just visiting clubs; it's the best way to get a feel for the club culture and whether it meets what you're looking for.
Consider what fits your schedule too: will it work for your commute or childcare needs, can you make meetings easily, etc.
I'd like to join! How much does it cost?
We renew twice a year, and costs are pro-rated based on the month you join! Here's a summary of the fees: mvtm.club/costs
👥 For members
How to sign up for roles
Sign up for meeting roles at the club sign-up sheet at mvtm.club/signup. Tip: sign up for roles in future weeks; it's a good way to practice a bit of speaking each week!
Are you a new member?
Read the onboarding page for how to start your first speech, sign up for roles, and learn how to get the most out of Toastmasters!
How to find & download speech recordings from Zoom
Zoom puts all recordings for a meeting together in one place
To the right of the Play/Pause button is a Next/Previous button. If the first video is not yours, click on the Next/Previous buttons until you see the recording of your speech.
Once you see your speech, click on the "Download" button that's in the upper right corner. Below is a diagram: