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President's Welcome

Welcome to U of T Toastmasters! On behalf of the executive team and club members, we welcome you to our club with open arms and open minds!

 

U of T Toastmasters is built upon public speaking and our pursuit of providing members with an environment in which they can build and improve their public speaking skills. Yet it is much more than just a club full of speakers. We are a family in a sense, one that supports each other in our speaking and life, as well as one that builds upon each other's goals. On a foundational level, we adopt the growth mindset and believe that people are only limited by how they view the world, and ultimately themselves.

 

We believe that challenges are to be embraced, that being persistent and through effort, learning from critique, you will find lessons and inspiration. Public speaking has been cited as one of people's biggest fears, and there is no magic pill or trick or thing that will make our fear and nervousness vanish for good, but we can always improve from where we are now.

 

I was so nervous during my first speech here, I sped through it like Eminem and afterwards had to leave the room because of the nervousness, and dare I say fear, I felt. I’m not a perfect public speaker, nor do I believe there is such a thing as a perfect speaker, but through the supportive environment at this club and the growth mindset I’ve developed, I can say for certain I have improved. Ultimately, our greatest hope is for you to take this journey to improve yourself as a speaker and a leader, to become a Toastmaster however you choose to define it.

Alexi El Morr
President, University of Toronto Toastmasters

 
 

About Us

At UofT Toastmasters, we aim is to create a supportive environment where everyone can improve their public speaking and leadership skills. 

 

Established in 2004, we used to be UofT Engineering Toastmasters. Since then, UTT has helped hundreds of students rise above their fears, realize their dreams, grow into incredible speakers and live as stronger leaders. We've had many aspiring speakers realize their potential and you can ask about about their success stories in person! 

 

Associated with Toastmasters International, we operate under the general guidelines for a Toastmasters club, but particularly provide a unique experience for our student members. 

 

We are open to all guests and welcome every one to visit our regular meetings.

Meet the Executive Team

Mehak Sharma

VP Education

The last time Mehak had to write a bio was when she was VP Membership, now she is VP Education. Other than that, not much has changed. She's still hungry all the time and uses humor as a defense mechanism. She will crack lame jokes in order to get you to sign up for roles so please do everyone a favor and just sign up yourselves. Thanks! 

Secretary

Luka Zigomanis

Luka is delighted to introduce himself as your U of T Toastmasters Secretary this term and he looks forward to creating a warm environment to foster growth in our community. He likely would have never been in this position right now if it weren’t for his two bum knees, otherwise he would be playing some sport professionally (said every mediocre athlete). Instead, he somehow ended up becoming an EngSci 2T3, majoring in biomedical engineering (as if it were his plan all along). All jokes aside, when he is alone, he can say confidently that he is the best speaker in the room. Sorry to rub it in everyone’s face, but it is true.

Alexi El Morr

President

Software + Hardware Reboot: Presidential Edition

This reboot of the president includes:

  • A brand new U of T Toastmasters president

  • A sleep schedule (bugs to be fixed later)

  • A Toast to Master

  • A Master to Toast

Falak Navez

VP Membership

Falak is passionate about public speaking because she believes it ensures people can communicate their desires successfully. As a result, UofT Toastmasters is a place she finds extremely warm and constructive for her public speaking practice. Raising awareness about important societal issues and bringing marginalized communities together is what she aspires to do. So she hopes for her speeches to become increasingly powerful throughout her time here.

Krasimir Toskov

Treasurer

Krasimir is trying to learn about engineering by steering towards UofT. He is not a rapper, but he likes the alligator snapper. His flow is decent in this status quo. He would rhyme in his spare time. He wants to be a Toastmaster since he does not want be a disaster and public speaking is what he wants to master.

Sneha Desai

VP Public Relations

Sneha was too lazy to think of a description for herself last term, and guess what? She's still too lazy to come up with one! What she can say is that the Sneha @ current_age - 5 years would have never thought that she'd be on a public speaking exec team. If you're scared of public speaking, just know that Sneha was once (and still is) there.

Greg Cooper

Sergeant At Arms

Instead of killing two birds with one stone, Greg kills two stones with one bird. Greg is currently, as of when this was published, in Engineering Science. He has always seen public speaking as a weakness for himself but also as a tremendous opportunity for improvement. Greg strives for the confident use of verbal communication and appropriate grammar. Working on it he still is. 

 
 
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FAQ

When do you meet?


We meet once a week during fall, winter and summer semesters, except exam seasons. The seasonal meeting days are posted on our Facebook and Instagram pages (as well as right below). We post about our weekly meeting and what we've done in them! You can follow who we are, what we believe in, and what we are proud to share as a family. If you want to see some of our speeches, then check out our YouTube Channel. In the mean time, feel free to sign up for our email list on this website, and you will be able to receive our newsletters to update you on our meeting details.




What topics can I speak about?


As a guest, you are welcome to participate in the Table Topics sessions where you will give a short improvised speech on a randomly chosen topic. As a member, you will have access to the education program Pathways by Toastmasters International. There are 11 paths for you to choose from, and each path focuses on a specific aspect of public speaking and leadership skills, such as Dynamic Leadership, Engaging Humor, Persuasive Influence, etc. You will receive training materials for each project and deliver speeches to improve your skills.




How can I join?


We are a UofT student club, but we are open to all guests. Everyone is welcome to attend our meetings and join our club. To get started, visit one of our meetings as a guest. If you would like to join as a member, please let us know at our meeting, reach out on Instagram, Facebook, or on this website (see below). Our Executive members will provide you with an application form and information on membership fees. The membership fees for Toastmasters International are $60 every six months, and there is a one-time new member fee of $30 CAD. Our club subsidizes membership fees depending on the amount of funding received every year.




How is the club dealing with COVID-19?


We are still operating our meetings through Zoom, and will continue to do so until it is safe for us to gather in person. We are doing our best to preserve the spirit of our club! If you are interested in joining UofT Toastmasters, you are more than welcome to attend our online meetings. Please stay tuned on our social media and on this website for updated summer meeting days. Links and Zoom codes will be posted on our Instagram and Facebook accounts on meeting days.





 

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