Celebrate 10 years of improving public speaking skills

Comox Toastmasters celebrates 10 years Oct. 21 at 1700 Comox Ave. in Comox.

For the past decade

For the past decade

Find out how Toastmasters can help conquer the fear of public speaking by attending an upcoming meeting in Comox.

Started 10 years ago, Comox Toastmasters has been helping community members become better communicators and leaders. These valuable skills can be learned and practised in the supportive environment of Toastmasters meetings.

At each meeting, members hone impromptu speaking skills with table topics, which provide an opportunity to speak on a topic off the cuff. Sharpening this skill is an asset in various situations such as job interviews. In addition to table topics, each meeting consists of speeches. Members prepare speeches on favourite topics with specific objectives, such as using body language to enhance the speech. Later, speakers are provided with supportive evaluation on everything from gestures to vocal variety.

For Harry Piercy — a 20-year Toastmasters member and ski patroller — presenting speeches has helped him to give clearer instructions.

“By being able to explain things better to others, there have been fewer mistakes,” said Piercy, whose family life has been helped by Toastmasters. “Before Toastmasters, I did not know how to listen, so my relationship with my wife and children was affected. Ever since I learned how to listen attentively, I have a closer relationship with my family.”

Meetings are a safe environment to practice techniques.

“Toastmasters provides a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to overcome their fear of public speaking and sharpen presentation skills,” says Lyse Clement, club president. “Other benefits include the opportunity to increase one’s confidence, build critical thinking skills and become an effective listener.”

Learn how Toastmasters can help you in becoming a more confident communicator by attending the 10th anniversary celebration Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. at 1700 Comox Ave. (Berwick Retirement Community). You will see a meeting in action, hear members from all skill levels presenting captivating speeches, and ask questions. You will be taking a simple first step to improve your communication skills.

For more information call Brian Chow at 250-331-3687.

Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., the organization’s membership exceeds 292,000 in more than 14,350 clubs in 122 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people of all backgrounds become more confident in front of an audience.