Why You Should Join Toastmasters?
by Sonja Peters
Twelve years ago my boss suggested that I teach workshops. I looked at him with fear and simply said no. You see, I was afraid of speaking in front of a small group, let alone a big group of people. Back then I was shy and wouldn't say a word to anyone and when I did my heart would begin beating quickly, my face would turn bright red and I would freeze.
Can you relate to this? Perhaps you are afraid to talk in front of people (audiences or co-workers) or perhaps you would just like to hone your speaking skills. Speaking during interviews, strata meetings, club meetings, workshops or weddings can make anyone nervous.
Twelve years ago a friend suggested that I attend a Toastmasters meeting. I bravely attended a few meetings as a guest and I found a friendly, supportive, educational and safe environment. I joined my local club and over the years I have attended many meetings, practicing my speaking (communication), listening and leadership skills. Now I teach adult education workshops and compete in Humorous speech contests. I can speak to people with confidence and my face doesn't turn cherry red anymore (well at least not as often). I have also gained many life-long friends by attending Toastmasters meetings.
Toastmasters provides me with the opportunity to attend conferences where I pick up tips that help me in my personal and professional life. Conferences also give us an opportunity to see Toastmasters from around the world compete in speech contests.
It would be our pleasure for you to be our guest at our meeting.
We promise you a fun and supportive atmosphere to help you thrive!
Meeting Information: Monashee Toastmasters
Meeting time: every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 7pm.
Our next meets are: December 13 and January 10|
Location: White Valley Community Center (Lumby, BC)
For more information visit www.toastmasters.org.
About Toastmasters International
Toastmasters International is a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., the organization's membership exceeds 345,000 in more than 15,900 clubs in 142 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit www.toastmasters.org. Follow @Toastmasters on Twitter.