As a Member
Do you want to develop communication skills?
Do you want to develop leadership skills?
Do you have a fear of public speaking?
Are you looking to grow your network?
Toastmasters provides a friendly, supportive environment for members to learn, practice and polish communication and leadership skills.
Every club conducts meetings that include:
- Prepared speeches, impromptu speeches, and evaluations
- Supporting meeting roles
- Communication and leadership workshops
- Speech contests
- Networking opportunities
Actively participate in any of the above functions to gain confidence as a speaker and leader, and have fun at the same time!
While attending meetings and serving in the various meeting roles helps build the essential skills to be successful, serving as a Club Officer will help further enhance your leadership skills. There is a great variety of roles that will help you develop specific skills. Learn more here!
Expand your learning and experience by visiting other clubs. Find a club near you!
Looking for something different? District 101 has many advanced and specialty clubs that offer members a variety of unique experiences.
Bilingual/Language Clubs (English and/or another language spoken during meetings)
- Japanese (Silicon Valley JETS (Japanese English Toastmasters))
- Kannada (vAkpaTugaLu)
- Mandarin (Mandarin English Toastmasters Silicon Valley, Mandarin English Toastmasters San Jose)
- Vietnamese (Viet My, Silicon Valley English-Vietnamese Toastmasters)
Specialty/Advanced Clubs (many have membership requirements – see club information for details)
- Advanced Speech Skills (Next Step Toastmasters, Peninsula Pros, Surf City Advanced Toastmasters)
- Speech and Debate (Agile Articulators)
- Improvisation (Silicon Valley ImprovMasters)
- Storytelling (Silicon Valley Storytellers, 831 Storytellers)
Even if you’re already a Toastmasters member, step outside of your comfort zone to visit and even join other clubs to grow your network, practice in front of a different audience, and learn new skills. Consider becoming a Club Ambassador as you visit other clubs through our Club Ambassador Program!
District 101 offers many great events during the year.
Club Officer Training (COT): Attend a Club Officer Training to learn more about various Officer roles. Find out about upcoming trainings on the Training page.
Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI): This is the premier educational opportunity for Toastmasters’ Club Officers as well as all members to come together to network, share ideas, and be inspired. It’s where club officers receive training on how to best serve their clubs, and every Toastmaster can expand their skills as a communicator and a leader with additional educational sessions. Find out about upcoming TLI’s on the GREAT Events page.
Special Workshops: Throughout the year, we host workshops on various topics that benefit our members. Find details about upcoming workshops on the GREAT Events page.
Contests: Contests are held every 6 months at a Club, Area and Division level. These include Humorous Speech Contests, Evaluation Contests, Table Topics Contests & International Speech Contests. Come and experience a contest near you. Find out more on the Contest page.
District Conferences: Our District hosts two Conferences every year (normally in May and November). Conferences include speech contests at a District level, several educational sessions, and networking opportunities. Find out more on the Conference page.