Advanced Toastmasters, Protoasties, Moves to Burlingame

April 4, 2010

Protoasties, an Advanced Toastmasters for Professionals Who Speak, has settled on a stable new home at Trapeze Restaurant in Burlingame, Calif. Meetings resumed in February, following a rocky 2009, stemming partly from the closure of the Portofino Grill, the club’s former longtime meeting location in Foster City.

Many of the 2009 regulars have returned and a rejuvenated leadership team is in place, including myself as president, Robert Tang as treasurer, Jeffrey Bruno (vice president of education) and Kimi Ziemski (vice president of public relations).

The club meets on the same day and time as before: the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month, from 6:30 pm – 9 pm.

Professionals join Protoasties because they are driven to make their presentations and speaking engagements stand out. They know that this is the fast-track to increasing their sales, raising venture capital money, motivating their employees, and getting an edge on their competition.

Members of Protoasties are professional speakers, presentation skills trainers or people who present in a professional capacity. They serve as CEO’s, corporate board members, entrepreneurs, published authors, sales/marketing executives, among other disciplines.

Protoasties was launched in 1998 as a platform for members of the Northern California chapter of the National Speakers Association to sharpen their speeches and presentations through peer feedback before hitting the road. Protoasties was founded by NSA Hall of Fame speaker Patricia Fripp and Craig Harrison, founding board president of Pro-Trac, NSA/NC’s speaker college.

As an advanced Toastmasters club, most Protoasties members have earned at least CC status (completed the Competent Communicator manual), through another Toastmasters club, or have already mastered certain public speaking fundamentals. Although you may not yet qualify for membership, if you are aspiring to join some day, you are welcome to come as a guest.

Meeting Format: Unlike the traditional Toastmasters club, which splits time evenly between prepared speeches and table topics, Protoasties allows its members to rehearse longer than the typical 6-8 minute speech. In addition, a roundtable of members may verbally critique the speech, rather than a single evaluator, which is the norm at most Toastmasters chapters. This often reduces the amount of time available for table topics, a two-minute impromptu speaking exercise, designed to sharpen skills in communicating under pressure.

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