Public Speaking. A very common fear. It is a fear that many people wish there was a quick fix for. Unfortunately lasting growth or change (in any area of our life) doesn’t happen overnight. And this is definitely true when it comes to becoming a confident and competent speaker. Weekend workshops or short courses that offer training in public speaking can be fun and offer some new learning. However, what then?
Toastmasters offers something unique: the opportunity to learn and practice new skills every week AND the opportunity to receive feedback on both strengths and areas for improvement.
Whether you are a seasoned speaker looking to improve further or you start trembling at the thought of standing at the front of a room and saying anything, Toastmasters offers education, mentorship and ongoing support.
I first walked into a Toastmasters meeting in Victoria, BC in the early 1990’s, my heart already racing when I realized I might be asked simply to introduce myself!! My reason for tackling this challenge was that my fear of public speaking was causing me to turn down some great career opportunities. I am forever grateful that I took that step because, with the support of that Toastmasters group, I was able to develop the skills and confidence to say ‘yes’ to those opportunities.
Fast forward to the present, living in Nanaimo and a member of Island Excellence Toastmasters, I continue to learn and grow. Being the best communicator I can be, whether as a speaker, evaluator, Toastmaster or fulfilling any other meeting role, is an ongoing process. We are a vibrant, growing, energetic Club committed to both learning and FUN!! We would love to have you join us as a guest any Wednesday evening, 7 p.m., at Origin at Longwood in the Theatre Room. 6205 Oliver Road, Nanaimo.
We live our lives above the line and move through life at the speed of full participation! We are courageous and we are compassionate and most of all we are committed to making not only our own lives better, but improving the lives of those whose paths we cross