Yes And Toastmasters Story
Combining Improv and Public Speaking
At Yes And Toastmasters, we believe that you should not let the fear of public speaking hold you back from success. We provide a safe environment for our members to practice and improve their ability to speak in public, speak on their feet, and become better leaders. Yes And Toastmasters is the only Toastmasters club that combines Improv with Public speaking to help anyone become socially fearlesss.
Yes And Toastmasters was founded by Garrett Gray, Mike Scampini, Noel Ganay, and Amir Kyego. Together, these four brought their experience and knowledge together to form a Toastmaster’s Club that provides members with a unique twist of Toastmasters and Improv.
Mike and Garrett attended The Second City in Chicago and completed the Level A-E Improvisation Courses. Soon after, Garrett and Mike continued to stay involved with Improv at LOL Theater in Schaumburg, IL and at Comedy Sportz. Their Improv education brought them various tools that enabled them to improve their communication and leadership skills. They were able to bring this idea to Noel, who at the time was the Club Growth Director for Toastmasters International’s District 30 (Chicagoland region). That is when Yes And Toastmasters was born.
After holding an Improv Workshop in September 2018, the club gathered a ton of interest from guests. The Yes And Toastmasters club officially chartered February 1st, 2019 and is continuing to thrive.