Are you ready to try speaking in a more challenging environment ?
Would you like to
give a Toastmasters talk on television?
Want to see how a
TV show is created?
Would you like to
see talks by Toastmasters from other clubs?
Watch Recent Toastmaster Time Shows
Toastmaster Time is District 57's television program,
produced by members of Toastmasters International clubs in District
57. TmT has been running continuously since 1997!
Our Toastmaster TV shows are broadcast on community access channels and available for viewing on YouTube and here on this website.
TmT presents talks by Toastmasters from District 57, from Icebreakers
to Advanced talks.
The Mission of TmT is to
give District 57 Toastmaster members the opportunity to learn new
skills and present educational and entertaining stories and speeches. For Toastmasters, it offers a unique opportunity to try something new as
a challenge, and to have the chance to see yourself as others see
you -- how often do you get the chance to evaluate yourself? Speaking
on TmT gives you that chance by presenting on television. The show also shows examples of all levels
of speaking skills to our members.
Presenting on TmT gives
you, the speaker, the chance to gain experience by speaking in a very different environment, the TV studio.
Toastmaster Time currently records shows at the Media Center in Palo Alto.
Here is the home page for the Media center:
Our shows are broadcast
on several TV cable systems in the bay area, but our main viewing channel is YouTube:
Toastmaster Time Channel on YouTube
We also have show archives going back several years, available here on this website:
here to view our older shows
Can Being on Toastmaster Time Help Me?
Speaking to the
camera is a great way to see yourself as others do, to be your own
evaluator, and to help you take your skills to the next level! Speaking in a TV studio environment is very different than speaking in a club. See
what other Toastmasters are saying about their TmT experience here.
What Can You Present
On Toastmaster Time Television?
Almost any Toastmaster
manual project is OK, but needs to be adjusted to six minutes, because of the limitations of TV time slots.
Talks may not promote a product, service or political cause/candidate. You can talk about a topic you know well or care about, it just can't sound like a sales pitch, promotion, or solicitation.
Want To Check
It Out ?
Be our guest at a taping
session - join the audience and see what's involved. Click
here for directions to the studio.
Yay! I'm Going to
Be on TV! What Else Do I Need to Know?
Here are some tips on appearing on camera in a TV studio, based on what we have learned about coaching first-time studio speakers over the years:
Speaking Tips on Video - George Marshall (Windows) (Mac)
Television cameras see
the world a bit different than we do. They don't much like white or
bright red clothing, shiny objects, small checked fabric, or narrow
stripes, so avoid them, or you will look funny :-(.
To see what happens to thin stripes and fine chaecks,
check out this
short video! (Here's
the Mac version).
Be sure and enlarge the video screen so you
can see the details well!
Legal note: by appearing on the show, you give permission for your video to be published and presented on our show broadcast media, including cable channels, media sites such as YouTube, plus Toastmaster uses, including websites and email communications.
We will not distribute your video to any for-profit organization without your explicit permission.
To Get Involved
- Get a visitor's pass for the next recording session,
- Request a speaking
- Find out more about
- Sign up for crew training
Currently, we record a new
show on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 8:00 PM, unless there is
a conflict with a holiday. However, our schedule is subject to change a few times a year, so check to be sure.
Toastmasters is an international
non-profit, educational organization dedicated to helping its members
improve their communications skills, including public speaking, effective
listening, and leadership. Find out more about Toastmasters International,
or find a Toastmasters club near you, by going to their website:
Toastmasters District 57 includes over 150 clubs from San Francisco's
East Bay area to the Northern California border. Find out more about
Toastmaster activities in our district at the District 57 website: