Toastmasters International Say: “Area 41 Has More Fun!”

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Toastmaster and Burien resident Steve Kennedy attended the District 2 Changeover Meeting last Saturday, where he was officially granted the status of Area 41 Governor as the Toastmaster fiscal year begins July 1, 2010. Our own B-Town Blog Sales Whiz, Theresa Frasch is his trusty assistant in charge of Marketing and Public Relations.

Toastmasters International (as the name implies) is an international organization with more than 12,500 clubs in 106 countries. In order to help keep things moving along the clubs are divided into Regions, Districts, Divisions and Areas. Steve and Theresa’s Area 41 has five clubs in Burien and Des Moines.

Area 41 consists of community clubs with members from a variety of different backgrounds and ages. Since many of the members are using Toastmasters as a tool to improve work performance (i. e. teaching, coaching, leading meetings, giving presentations, effective communicating, public speaking, and leadership skills, etc.), a common understanding helps them help each other improve these sought after work and life attributes.

Toastmasters Clubs offer a safe, secure environment to build confidence in the following areas: alleviate fear of public speaking, practice presentation skills, learn to better persuade and convince others. It also helps its members to think more quickly on their feet and it’s a good place to network with others with similar interests.

Most meetings are an hour to an hour and a half long. Some clubs meet every week. Some meet twice a month. Some meet in the morning, some at noon, some in the evening. A typical meeting consists of two to three speeches (5-7 minutes each) and the evaluations of the speeches (2-3 minutes each), as well as Table topics which is an impromptu speaking topic that provides members a chance to speak at random for 1-2 minutes each.

If you’d like to learn more about Area 41 Toastmasters and what it has to offer contact Theresa at 206-588-5088 or [email protected]. You can learn more about each club by visiting Area 41’s club websites:

You can stop by and talk to us at our booth at the Olde Burien Block Party on July 17 from 10am – 8pm.

Area 41’s motto is “41 Has More Fun!”

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