Category Archive: Toastmasters

Jun 05

Using notes effectively

  Have you seen a presentation where the speaker reads their notes? Or uses a power point with lots of text and reads the slides? Have you seen a speech where the speaker has troubles connecting with the audience because they are so immersed in their notes? These are no-no’s when it comes to using …

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Jan 30

Feed Back to Head Forward


Written by Megan Slaker Edits by Alexandria Camino “We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.” –Bill Gates Feedback is necessary for improvement on any task, whether learning a new skill, clarifying our understandings of a concept, or presenting a talk. Think of a task you do regularly. Feedback will …

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Jan 18

Toastmasters open house 1-26-15!

ToastMasters_30Sec If you read this blog regularly you’ve gotten plenty of tips on how to communicate science, but are you ready to put those tips into action?  Toastmasters is a great place to improve your communication and leadership skills in a fun and supportive environment.  Salmon Speakers is a young and energetic Toastmasters club in …

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Sep 20

Lessons from the “World’s Largest Toastmasters Event”

If you’ve read my last few posts, you’ve heard about this event – essentially, back to back Toastmasters meetings for 7 hours straight, conducted outside at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland.  The objective was to introduce Toastmasters, a worldwide communication and leadership organization, to people wandering through the Square on a fine summer day. Overall …

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Sep 15

Career advancement through Toastmasters

2014 outdoor Toastmasters event

At the “World’s Largest Toastmasters Event” (which wasn’t, thanks in part to a sudden downpour) on August 30th, I was asked to speak about how Toastmasters benefitted my career…in essence, to tell my science communication story through a Toastmasters lens. I share my story here as well – to encourage you to improve your own …

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Aug 29

Alli Coffin speaking at Portland Toastmasters event

Calling all locals in the greater Portland-Vancouver Metro area!  Please join us Saturday, 8/30/14 at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland for “The World’s Largest Toastmasters Event!” This event is free and open to anyone and it’s a great chance to see how Toastmasters can help you improve your communication skills.  I’m speaking at 1:30 about …

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Jan 22

January 27th communication event!

Want to improve your communication and leadership skills?  Toastmasters can help!  The local Salmon Creek Toastmasters club is holding an open house on Monday, January 27th at 7 PM at the Salmon Creek Burgerville. Stop by to see how Toastmasters can help you reach your professional and personal goals!  Guests are welcome any Monday, not …

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