18 Years of…

For 18 years Open House Toastmasters has been providing a safe an environment where an individual can learn to overcome their FEARS of Public Speaking through positive encouragement from members. Furthermore our toastmaster club provides an opportunity for individuals to find their Public Speaking Voice through the different types of speeches that Toastmasters teaches you.  In toastmasters one can learn How to Organize their speech, How to effectively use Visual Aids to enhance their speech, or How to Inspire your audience. In addition you can learn valuable Leadership Skills such as Time Management, Listening skills, How to create a newsletter, or event planning.

“We make being professional fun” Open House Toastmasters Club President Armen Klujian

Open House Toastmasters always meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month.

Our next scheduled meetings are: Tuesday May 17th 2016, Tuesday June 7th, June 21st.



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Free Public Speaking Seminar, April 8

Do your knees start to knock when you’re asked to speak in front of a group?
Do you want to feel more confident during job interviews or when pitching ideas?
Are you looking to improve your leadership skills?

Toastmasters can help!

Open House Toastmasters of Burbank


Public Speaking for the Rest of Us

a free seminar – all are welcome!

Attendees will:

  • Gain helpful tips to improve their public speaking abilities immediately
  • Learn lessons on leadership from a seasoned professional
  • Discover how joining Toastmasters can benefit both career and personal life
  • Have the opportunity to give a brief impromptu speech (if desired)
  • Get FREE refreshments!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
6:45-7:00 pm –Registration
7:00-8:30 pm –Seminar
8:30-9:00 pm –Networking

Holiday Inn
People’s Choice Restaurant
150 E. Angeleno Ave, Burbank, CA

Please RSVP to openhouse.toastmasters@gmail.com. 

Public Speaking for the Rest of Us – Flyer

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Speech Contest Feb. 18

3344729328_038ef4ed4d_oOpen House Toastmasters in Burbank is hosting an International and Table Topics Speech Contest on Tuesday, February 18 at 7PM at The People’s Choice Restaurant inside the Burbank Holiday Inn. See the sidebar for address and direction.

Guests are always welcome!

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Meeting Roundup

Last night’s meeting was, as usual, fun and informative. Riffing on the theme of “Discovery,” our Toastmaster took us on a journey of accidental inventions from penicillin to teflon, while our Table Topics Master got participants talking about everything from discovering new worlds (and life) in outer space to the much more intimate journey self-discovery.

DSC_2951The first prepared speech of the evening transported us to India with visual aids that included clothing and photographs, and sensory aids that included coffee, cardamom tea, and a tasty Indian dessert. Subsequent speeches revealed an unlikely role model in actress and director Drew Barrymore, taught us the importance of being your own medical advocate (recommended websites included WebMD and Mayo Clinic), and educated us on “suits and suitability.”

The next meeting of Burbank Open House Toastmasters will be held on Tuesday, October 15. See you there!

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Weekend Reading for Speakers and Writers 9/27

Liz Andra Shaw has a series of blog posts called “Top Ten Reasons Why Writers Should Join Toastmasters” for all you writers out there. If you ever needed a reason to join a meeting here are ten of them.

From Business Insider,  the Top Ten Biggest Public Speaking Phobias and How to Overcome Them.

5 Body Language Poses That Can Sabotage Success (hint: crossed ankles and tilted heads are out).

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Our Own Susan Stewart Moves on to Division C Contest

DSC_5543Last weekend Susan Stewart swept the area C33 contest, winning first prize in both the Tall Tales and Evaluation speech contests. Susan will move on to the Division C contest happening on Saturday, October 19 at 10 AM sharp at Glendale Fire Station #21 (421 Oak Street, Glendale). Way to go, Susan!!

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Weekend Reading (and Viewing) for Speakers and Storytellers

Arianna Huffington on fearless and unconventional leadership–In this speech, delivered at the Inbound Marketing Conference, Huffington talks about the importance of sleep, how to complete a project by dropping it, being present and much more. It’s a long speech but well worth a listen. (Put it on while you’re doing the dishes!)

12 Most Ridiculous Communication Myths to Stop Believing Now–From picturing the audience naked to looking at their foreheads there has been a lot of bad advice handed out to speakers over the years. Speech Coach and Presentation Skills Trainer, Dr. Michelle Mazur, sets the record straight on some of the worst offenders.

How to Write a Speech that will Capture Your Audience’s Attention–This blog post from The Accidental Communicator gives a few quick and dirty tricks that are sure to bring your speech writing up to the next level of excellence.

20 Scientifically-Backed Ways to De-Stress Right Now–Does the thought of giving a speech stress you out? Then you need this list!

That’s it for now, Fellow Speakers. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you in Burbank this Tuesday at Open House Toastmasters!

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Calling all Game Masters!

Are you a Game Master or Dungeon Master?  Are you interested in improving your GMing skills? Come to a Burbank Open House Toastmasters meeting!

I just read a terrific blog post from Gnome Stew, a Game Mastering blog, written by a Toastmasters member who says he is a better GM because he joined Toastmasters. And it makes perfect sense. Many of the skills we practice at meetings are necessary for GMs, too.

Read the article for yourself here: Want to Become a Better Gamemaster? Become a Toastmaster!

Then join us the first or third Tuesday of the month in Burbank for an Open House Toastmasters meeting from 7 to 9 PM. We’re at the Holiday Inn at 150 E. Angeleno Ave.

See you there!

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