Toastmasters for Professional Speakers to Launch May 24

By Mitch Priestley

Just a block from NSA’s monthly meeting place, Toastmaster’s for Professional Speakers will launch on May 24, providing a peer feedback opportunity for professional speakers.  Membership will benefit professional speakers by providing a forum to present and try material, gain additional rehearsal, give and receive feedback, and become part of a close-knit group that feels comfortable recommending other speakers, based on first-hand experience.

Curriculum covers story-telling, humor, hand-outs, visual aids, gestures, body language, and vocal variety. Some speakers will share snippets of their keynotes and training, while others will offer practical tips on marketing and success in the speaking business and on the platform.

Awards will be presented weekly for “Best Speaker,” and members will develop skills at providing constructive feedback that can make them more effective leaders in a variety of business situations. Communication and Leadership credentials are earned by completing the curriculum, adding to one’s professional résumé. Annually, an international competition is held, beginning at the club level, for World Champion of Public Speaking.

All founding members will be recognized as Charter Members of Toastmasters for Professional Speakers. Initial dues are $50.  Just off Sequoia, the club meets in the business complex one block north of the Marriott. The address is 6650 SW Redwood Lane, First Floor Conference Room, Portland/Tigard, OR 97224. May 24, 12-1:30 pm. The club will meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. More information can be obtained by attending the initial meeting May 24 without cost or obligation to join, or in advance by contacting Mitch Priestley at (503) 515-3407.

The Toastmasters for Professional Speakers Facebook page can be found at Toastmasters D7 Affinity Club – Professional Speakers Club. Charter members make checks out to “Toastmasters for Professional Speakers” and bring them when they attend the initial May 24 meeting or mail them in advance c/o Mitch Priestley, 17766 Marylcreek Dr, Lake Oswego 97034.
For more information, contact Mitch Priestley at or (503) 515-3407.

National Speakers Association-Oregon is a professional membership association of professional speakers whose expertise covers a broad range of topics, skills, knowledge and experience, and an affiliated chapter of the 4,000 member National Speakers Association – the recognized voice of the speaking profession that sets the benchmark for platform excellence worldwide.