Online boost for Toastmasters

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JACK.CONROY@nullcluthaleader.co.nz

Why would someone want to join Toastmasters? Furthermore, why would someone in Clutha want to join a Toastmasters group in Waitati?

These are the questions the organisers of the Waitati Toastmasters Club would like to answer for readers of the Clutha Leader

Toastmasters is an international organisation of groups of people who meet locally to practise public speaking and related leadership skills.

Jane Gregory is one of the founding members of the Waitati branch and said Toastmasters “helps people unlock their potential”.

She said many people come to a meeting with one particular goal in mind, such as making a speech at a wedding, but often open the door to far more.

“You become much more confident in general, and that brings so many more opportunities. For example, in my own life, at work there isn’t a chance I would have been able to head a meeting. I would have been a nervous wreck.”

“We meet weekly on a Wednesday night. To join, you would need to contact us for the meeting link.”

Once connected, new members would take part in the meeting as normal, watching other speakers and performing their own talks via videolink.

“Anyone who comes along in person or online can expect to be welcomed. And you won’t be expected to do anything you don’t want to right away. You can just watch, if you like.”

A Toastmasters club had run in Balclutha but since its closure some members have decided to move online.

Clutha resident Cyndilu Miller was one of the original members of the Balclutha Toastmasters group, who then moved on to an online club.

“Through my involvement with Toastmasters I gained more confidence and clarity in putting together a speech. A new sense of listening with a critical ear to hear details that perhaps I would have missed prior to experiencing Toastmasters.”

Ms Miller was no longer part of Toastmasters, due to scheduling issues, but she said the experience aided her in her career as a performer and podcaster.

To become involved with the Waitati Toastmasters Club, contact waitatitoastmasters@nullgmail.com