Speaking Up!

The Inglewood Toastmasters Club is the perfect organization to improve communication and leadership skills in a friendly, constructive environment and provides an additional opportunity to network with top professionals.

What is Good in Inglewood? Well, everything. If you have felt a rumble of positive energy pouring down Market Street it is because the Synergy Speakers Toastmasters club launched in the beginning of 2018. The intention of the group is provide local Inglewood residents, entrepreneurs and anyone who has the desire to improve their public speaking skills, facilitation of meetings and all around leadership skills a place to come and practice their speaking skills in a supportive and empowering environment.

Toastmasters International is a non-profit organization that began in 1924, by Ralph Smedley. The membership is about $75 for a 6 month membership which is unheard of given all the training materials you receive that is comparable to a University class or a Dale Carnegie program that would could 10 times the investment.

Deborah Deras is the President of the Synergy Speakers club which is a volunteer position because she feels so passionate about empowering people to be the messenger for their unique message. Deborah is the founder of Synergy Unlimited, a training and development company, she is a professional speaker and coaches experts on how to be paid for their expertise. She started her professional career as a speaker after participating in Toastmasters consistently every week for three years.

One day after the meeting she was asked how much she charges to speak and booked her first paid speaking engagement in 2002, and has been touring the nation empowering professional Latinas to achieve peak performance at major Fortune 500 companies such as: J.P. Morgan, Procter & Gamble, Macy’s, New York Life, Kaiser and many more.Her intention is to support aspring speakers and authors to benefit from this  fantastic and affordable speaking curriculum to launch their careers. Deborah believes that everyone is the messenger for their unique message and it needs to be shared with the world.

We meet the 2nd and 4th Thursday’s of each month at our hosts business,The Creative House, founder,  Khnum Alexander who is also the Vice President of Publicity, at The Creative House, 122 North Market Street, Inglewood, CA 90301 (right next to stuff I eat). You just need one quarter to park, meters are free after 6pm.

We start the meeting off with networking for the first half and hour from 6-6:3pm so bring your business cards and books if you have them to sell. Than we begin the meeting on time promptly at 6:30pm, we being with table topics which are a chance to speak for one minute extemporaneously to practice being articulate when put on the spot. Than we have three prepared speeches followed by evaluation of the speeches and than we conclude by 7:30/7:45. Some people go across the street to Middle Bar to network or go home up to you.  We look forward to seeing you. With the power of Synergy, anything is possible.

For more information on the Synergy Speakers Toastmasters Club, please join us online at:

https://www.meetup.com/SynergySpeakersToastmasters/ or visit Deborah’s website: www.DeborahDeras.com/events.

– DD