Main Street Maniacs
Main Street Maniacs
Main Street Maniacs

How YOU can get those
REAL WORLD public speaking skills
at THE ART OF SPEAKING:

How YOU can get those
REAL WORLD public speaking skills
at THE ART OF SPEAKING:

virtuous upward cycle

As a Toastmasters club -- an "open" club accepting guests and new members -- we help you improve in speaking and in leadership. You learn by doing and by getting written and verbal feedback from your fellow club members. Each meeting gives you the opportunity to improve your speaking skills, whether you've never spoken before a group or already give presentations. You solidify your prepared speaking with the 10-speech communication and leadership manual, then continue with the 5-speech advanced manuals. And improve your impromptu speaking with "table topics."

focused on YOU

We are dedicated to helping you improve your public speaking and leadership skills. And to making it easier for you to achieve career and personal success! While enjoying the entire process among supportive club members who are interested in doing the same thing.

comfortable & supportive

Whichever club you decide upon, make sure you feel comfortable and enjoy the meetings and the members. After all, your fellow members will be helping you grow. We do understand: taking the first step toward greater public speaking skills can feel a bit scary -- we all started that way. With one brave step. So can you! We're here to support you all the way.

sample us!
conveniently located in the financial district, downtown san francisco:

The best way to start is to visit us! We'd be honored to have you as our guest. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at: 101 California Street, 5th floor, Law Offices of Cooley LLP, from 4:00 to 5:00pm. You'll need to register at least 24 hours before meeting day.

see the calendar || see the map

see the calendar || see the map

 

CAN THE ART OF SPEAKING HELP YOU?

See what Toastmasters has done for a few of our alumni:

 Speeches of our club's founding mentor, Bill Henthorn, are course material for college students in the textbook Principles and Types of Public Speaking (16th Edition), published 2006.

 Now, take a look at one of our alumni, Jane Ransom, as she speaks before thousands at TEDx in Chennai, India in this 20-minute presentation (208,000+ Youtube views as of 3/1/2017):

THE CLUB OFFICERS

President

Christian Pitkin establishes the club's direction and leads the Executive Committee.

VP Education

Kristine Lauder provides members the opportunities to achieve their educational goals, especially through determining assignments of roles for upcoming meetings.

VP Membership

Steve Morris is responsible for maintaining and growing our membership through highly coordinated marketing and branding efforts executed through multiple channels, both online and offline.

VP Public Relations

(temp. vacant) The VP Public Relations works in close contact with the Vice President Membership and the webmaster in promoting the club through the media.

Secretary

Maryann Medina, ACS: Similar to the role of a corporate secretary, the Secretary maintains the legal documents and records of the club, ensures timely reporting to appropriate organizations, and provides the club with historical continuity through written documentation.

Treasurer

(temp. vacant) The Treasurer serves as the Chief Financial Officer of the club, ensuring financial stability and growth by intricately coordinating with other officers.

Sergeant-at-Arms

Ronda Shum: The Sergeant-at-Arms has perhaps the most important officer position. being responsible for opening the meeting and energizing members and guests alike, thereby making the rest of the meeting upbeat through its emcee (called the Toastmaster), and is also responsible for the club's physical assets.

Sergeant-at-Arms

Ronda Shum: The Sergeant-at-Arms has perhaps the most important officer position. being responsible for opening the meeting and energizing members and guests alike, thereby making the rest of the meeting upbeat through its emcee (called the Toastmaster), and is also responsible for the club's physical assets.

THE CLUB OFFICERS

President

Christian Pitkin establishes the club's direction and leads the Executive Committee.

VP Education

Kristine Lauder provides members the opportunities to achieve their educational goals, especially through determining assignments of roles for upcoming meetings.

VP Membership

Steve Morris is responsible for maintaining and growing our membership through highly coordinated marketing and branding efforts executed through multiple channels, both online and offline.

VP Public Relations

(temp. vacant) The VP Public Relations works in close contact with the Vice President Membership and the webmaster in promoting the club through the media.

Secretary

Maryann Medina, ACS: Similar to the role of a corporate secretary, the Secretary maintains the legal documents and records of the club, ensures timely reporting to appropriate organizations, and provides the club with historical continuity through written documentation.

Treasurer

(temp. vacant) The Treasurer serves as the Chief Financial Officer of the club, ensuring financial stability and growth by intricately coordinating with other officers.

Sergeant-at-Arms

Ronda Shum: The Sergeant-at-Arms has perhaps the most important officer position. being responsible for opening the meeting and energizing members and guests alike, thereby making the rest of the meeting upbeat through its emcee (called the Toastmaster), and is also responsible for the club's physical assets.

14,285,714
members & alumni
(anyhow, we're getting there)

 

CALENDAR

We meet on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of each month, from 4pm to 5pm:

address || map

download PDF:
address, map, meeting dates

 

CALENDAR

We meet on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of each month, from 4pm to 5pm:

address || map

download PDF:
address, map, meeting dates

 

CONTACT US:

We'd be honored to have you as our guest!
We meet on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of each month,
from 4:00 to 5:00pm:

see the map

download PDF:
address, map, meeting dates

Law Offices of Cooley LLP, 101 California Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco (where Market, Pine, and Davis streets converge)

Use the form below to contact us now: Please let us know you want to visit as our guest: We need to register your full name at least one business day in advance with building security. (Steve Morris, VP Membership, will respond to you):

On meeting day:
(1) Please bring a valid photo ID for security check-in
(2) Enter the 101 California lobby and check in with security