Grow with us!

Congratulations on taking the first step towards an exciting journey of developing your public speaking, presentation, and leadership skills in a safe and supportive environment! Marpole Community Toastmasters is a friendly, informal, and fun club and we look forward to helping you grow and achieve your goals. If you live or work in South Vancouver, Richmond, or Burnaby, we are your toastmasters club!

Marpole Community Toastmasters is a President’s Distinguished Club – the highest designation for the most successful clubs. We are a diverse and growing group of around 30 members, and we welcome guests and new members!

UPDATES

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We congratulate our members Jeanne Chen for winning First Place in the Division B International Speech Competition, and John Morris for winning Third Place in the Division B Evaluation Contest! We also congratulate Zoe Leung for winning First Place in our neighbouring Division E’s International Speech Competition! 

Way to go Marpole Toasties!

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Why Toastmasters?

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”
– John C. Maxwell  

Toastmasters offers the skills that help you to succeed in life and awaken the leadership within you!  Those skills include:
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership skills,
  • Interpersonal skills,
  • Time management skills,
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Social skills
  • Improved emotional intelligence

Toastmasters helps you build confidence and communicate effectively.


View several testimonials in this short video: Club Experience

 

For Guests

So you’ve decided to come visit us as a guest …

As a guest, you are welcome to just sit, watch, and listen, or you can join in as a Table Topics speaker.  However, we will ask you to introduce yourself (your name and how you found out about us) and we will ask you for any comments you have at the end of the meeting.

Information about the upcoming meetings can be found at our Meetup Group!
Meeting agenda & roles
Our meeting runs for approximately 2 hours. A typical meeting agenda includes:

  • prepared speeches by club members
  • impromptu speeches by Table Topics speakers

We usually have a 15-minute break in between.

Toastmaster members are here to develop skills that will help them flourish elsewhere. As such, our meetings are run in a semi-formal style with a chair and several assigned roles. This allows our members to practice their communication & leadership skills in a professional environment.

Want to join our family?

1. Download this application form and fill your information.

2. Bring it to us at the next meeting.

3. Welcome to be part of this fun club!

Club meeting

Meeting Agenda

A club meeting generally runs as follows:

  1. Opening
  2. Speeches and evaluation
    Members deliver prepared speeches that can range from 5 to 10 minutes each. Before a speech begins, the objectives are stated and meeting attendees are encouraged to fill out comment slips.
  3. Break
  4. Table topics & evaluation
    In life, we can’t always prepare for everything. Table topics helps us practice ‘thinking on our feet’ by inviting members and guests to answer questions with no preparation. (Guest participation is encouraged but not required).
  5. Timer and Grammarian Reports
    Towards the end of the meeting, the Timer and Grammarian each deliver verbal report on everyone’s performance throughout the night.
  6. Guest Comments
    At the end of the meeting, guests are encouraged to provide comments or observations.
  7. Closing

Meeting roles

Below is a list of club meeting roles and their description. The best way to get the most out of Toastmasters is to participate, so we encourage members to fill the different roles.

Chairperson

The chairperson is formally in charge of the meeting. S/he sets the tone and theme, introduces many of the people who will be speaking, and generally keeps the meeting on track and on schedule.

Timer

There’s nothing worse than a speaker who drones on and on… so in Toastmasters we have a timer, whose role is to remind speakers when they are about to run out of time.

As with traffic signals, a green light indicates proceed. An amber light indicates proceed with caution (you’re almost out of time). And a red light says ‘stop.’ The timer may lead applause to remind a speaker if s/he fails to respond to the red light.

Grammarian

Poor grammar can detract much from your message, whereas clear pronunciation and descriptive language will greatly enhance your effectiveness as a public speaker. The grammarian strives to help everyone improve his or her grammar by keeping a sharp ear open. The grammarian also suggests a word of the night that each speaker is encouraged to use.

Also, meaningless filler phrases and words, such as you know and ah, consume time and can frustrate the audience. The Grammarian will keep his or her senses peeled and fingers counting throughout the meeting, busily tracking the filler words of all speakers.

Inspirator, Jokester, and Toastmaster

These roles aren’t always filled at every meeting, but as an Inspirator, Jokester, or Toastmaster, the speaker can develop skills in planned short-speech manner.

Table Topics Host

Similar to the Chairperson, the Table Topics Host conducts this portion of the meeting. The host has prepared questions in advance. These questions may relate to the theme of the night or be customized for individual members. The host may also have speakers draw questions. You never know what can happen at a Table Topics session!

The table topics host is also actively developing her or his listening skill. As the session progresses, s/he will pay careful attention to each answer and use the material to ‘bridge’ the gap between speakers.

Table Topics Evaluator

While the Timer, Grammarian and Wizard will also be monitoring each Table Topics speaker, there is also a Table Topics Evaluator. This evaluator will be paying attention to the speaker’s general performance including:
• volume
• tone
• vocal variety
• body language
• speech content

Speaker Evaluator

While all attendees are provided with comment slips, the speaker also receives formal written and verbal evaluations from a designated member. The speech evaluator records their comments in the speaker’s booklet and then delivers a 3 to 5 minute verbal evaluation.

General Evaluator

Everyone one should have feedback. And up until now the chair and evaluators have been working diligently in their roles. At the end of the meeting, the General Evaluator provides feedback on the performance of the meeting in general, the Chair, and all other evaluators.