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Talk of the Farm Speaking Club

Club meeting

Want to build your confidence? Grow as a leader? Improve your communication and public speaking skills?Join us at Talk of the Farm to learn how our speaking club can help you achieve your personal and professional goals.

Formerly "Stanford Toastmasters" a club with Toastmasters International, our club provides a safe, free, and effective learning environment for Stanford faculty, staff, graduate students, post-doctoral students, Stanford retirees, and previous club members looking to improve their communication and leadership skills. Although membership  limited to the aforementioned population, we welcome all visitors. We are also partnering with Stanford UIT Technology Training to provide speaking opportunities beyond scheduled classes.

Don’t be shy—club members represent a wide range of University departments, job functions, and titles, as well as levels and years of professional experience. Our informal and supportive learning environment will help you take your communication skills to the next level.

Club Meetings

Club meetings are generally held the first and third Tuesday of each month in Polya 162, and on Zoom. We typically send out a confirmation through our email list and on our Slack channel.

 Visitors are always welcome.

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Before signing up to give speech, we ask that you become a member and have participated in several meetings. 

We encourage everyone to take a role in each meeting (Please use your Stanford account to access our signup sheet). Each role in a meeting has specific responsibilities.

Learn more about meeting roles

Sign up for a meeting role

Educational Program

Talk of the Farm is committed helping members develop both communication and leadership skills. To track and encourage this growth we have developed an educational program.

Learn more about the educational program


Talk of the Farm is committed to developing both communication and leadership skills. As an officer you get a chance to practice those leadership skills. An officer position is a year-long commitment. Terms begin in February. 

Officer meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Learn more about officer roles and responsibilities

Role Person
Chair Caryl Westerberg
Immediate Past Chair Benita Givens
Education Chair Clare Swan 
Membership Chair Jean François Barthe
Secretary/Treasurer Krishna Rao
VP Public Relations Grace Hung 
Sergeant-At-Arms Roberto Rodriquez
Ad-hoc Officer Lisa Rodriquez


Meeting Frequency: 
First and third Tuesday of every month at 12:05pm
Caryl J Westerberg