Open House Season again!

Come practice your public speaking! Tuesday Toastmasters at MIT will hold an open house meeting. It will be more casual and social so that visitors and members can connect over free food and drink. Please feel free to bring friends and family with you to our open house onTuesday, April 28th in E51-057 (Tang Center, room 057) from 6:30pm to 8pm.

Speechcraft session

Two of our members, Kitty Huang and Keesler Welch, will be holding a Speechcraft session in January during MIT’s Independent Activities Period (IAP). The four sessions are open to the community and no affiliation with MIT is required.

Kitty Huang, Copywriter, Screenwriter, journalist and teacher

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required. Limited to 13 participants.

When: (4) Wednesday sessions in January from 6:30pm-8:30pm, beginning January 7, 2015

Attendance: Participants are urged to attend all sessions, although it’s not mandatory.

Where: Building E-51, MIT’s Tang Center, Room 057

Fee: $5 for Toastmasters International Speechcraft Workbook

Speechcraft sessions are short courses in public speaking offered by Toastmasters International for people not wishing to make the full commitment to join a Club.

Class One: Introduction and Speechcraft Meeting

Objectives: Understand the practical use of speech communication and introduce the skills students will learn in Speechcraft. Learn the sessions of a typical speechcraft meeting on Table Topics, Speech Delivery, and Evaluation.

Class Two: The Icebreaker and Introducing a Speaker

Objectives: Begin speaking in front of an audience. Benefit from evaluation to improe speaking skills. Start with self-introduction. Introduce a speaker effectively.

Class Three: Speech Organization and Get to the Point

Objectives: Arrange thoughts into a logical sequence that leads audience to a clearly defined goal. Build a clear outline that includes opening, body and conclusion. Select a speech topic and determine its general and specific purposes. Organize a speech in a manner that best achieves those purposes. Ensure the body, opening and conclusion achieve those purposes.

Class Four: Evaluate the Speaker and Your Body Speaks

Objectives: Learn the listening and speaking techniques for evaluation. Evaluate a speaker. Use gestures and body movement as part of the speech delivery. Explore different ways to use body language. Develop a natural and smooth body movement.

*participants who attend all sessions will receive a certificate.

Sponsor(s): Toastmasters@MIT

Contact: Keesler Welch, E53-307,

If you’re interested in volunteering or signing up as a participant, please contact Keesler


Toastmasters Tuesdays at MIT Club Contests on August 26, 2014

443aede7b9651b9c697adaa3ca51134eDear club members and distinguished guests!

Toastmasters Tuesday at MIT Club is happy to announce the Club competition for club’s members and guests. Participants will compete in two categories:

  • Humorous speech (5-7 minutes),
  • Evaluations of a Test Speech (1-2 minutes)

Where: MIT Tang Center Room E-51-057 (our regular room)

When: Tuesday August 26th 6:30-8:30 (contestants and officers should arrive at 6 p.m.)

Why: For fun!

If you would like to participate in the competitions, please contact Erica DeRoche by August 12, and let her know what contest you would like to do (Humorous or Evaluation). We also still need 2 Ballot Counters and 1 Timer to go ahead with the competition.

Check the Toastmasters’ Speech Contest Rulebook 2014 to learn about speech contests rules and find checklists for contestants and judges. We strongly encourage you to participate in the competition or just join us on August 26 and have fun!