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Talking Together Toastmasters Club

Toastmasters International is the undisputed world leader in public speaking training.

Talking Together Toastmasters Club meets the 2nd & 4th Thursday, every month from 12:00 - 1:15PM at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. All are welcome to join the Talking Together Toastmasters Club! Please contact any of these Club Officers for more information, or visit our website:

Vice President of Membership, Bruce Spesard
(bruce.spesard@bayer.com)

President, Jiarui Li
(ljrluck@gmail.com)

Vice President of Public Relations, Jeff Michel
(ja_michel@yahoo.com)

Our Mission

  • Provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment
  • Give opportunity to develop and practice communication and leadership skills
  • Foster self-confidence and personal growth
  • Provide a self-paced atmosphere of understanding and helpful fellowship

Benefits of Toastmasters

Toastmasters can help you

  • Improve presentation skills,
  • Become a better listener,
  • Develop greater leadership skills, 
  • Improve meeting facilitation skills and 
  • Increase your networking.

Toastmasters Meeting Roles

Each Toastmasters meeting has a defined agenda, specified roles and starts and ends on time!  

Typical Agenda:

  • Introductions 
  • Speeches 1 to 3 speeches (each lasting 5-7   minutes).
  • Table Topics A topic or question is announced  and volunteers have 1-2 minutes to give an impromptu speech.
  • Evaluations of each speech (,lasting 2-3 minutes), and general evaluation of meeting
  • Reports of time taken for each speech, and Um’s and Ah’s. 
  • Awards for best speech, best table topic, best evaluation and most improved.

Pathways Curriculum

The Toastmasters  Pathways learning experience was developed around the 5 core competencies identified by the Board of Directors of Toastmasters International. There are 10 Paths from which a Toastmaster can choose, each path offering a unique focus. Each of the 10 paths incorporates the 5 core competencies:

  • Public Speaking
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Strategic Leadership
  • Management
  • Confidence

Talking Together Toastmasters is a

President’s Distinguished Club

Chartered June 2004