Toastmaster Time is a long-running San Francisco Bay Area monthly television program, produced by members of Toastmasters International clubs in District 57.
Shows are broadcast on local television community access channels and a complete archive of the past eight years are available for viewing on the Toastmaster Time website. The show presents talks by Toastmasters, from Icebreakers to Advanced talks and features evaluations and interviews with speakers.
The purpose behind the show is to give Toastmaster members the opportunity to learn new skills and present educational and entertaining stories and speeches. For Toastmasters, it offers a unique opportunity to give a speech in front of cameras in a professional television studio. For most of us, this is a challenge quite different from speaking in front of a room of friendly faces at the local club meetings.
Toastmaster Time shows are recorded at the Media Center in Palo Alto.
Hosting a TV Show
Back in October 2011, I had the opportunity to present a talk on my youthful adventures in London and Paris. Earlier this year I evaluated other speakers. Then, just last month, I spent an evening in the studio as the host of an entire TV show.
It was a humbling experience to understand first-hand what sales leaders and company executives must accomplish these days when they host virtual meetings in the workplace. These are an increasingly common alternative to expensive in-person meetings. Toastmaster Time, and shows like it elsewhere, give anyone who aspires to a leadership role in a Fortune 500 company a great sandbox to hone your on-camera presentation skills.