Learn how to improve your public speaking skills at a Toastmasters Open House in Oakhurst on Thursday, October 20, 2022

October 5, 2022 – Afraid of public speaking? Do you want to improve your ability to speak in public? Tremble in fear because your new job may require you to speak in public? Then you are an ideal candidate for Toastmasters training.

Learn how to become a better communicator and leader tomorrow by attending a Toastmasters Open House scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Thursday October 20, 2022, in the Raley Community Hall, 40041 Hwy. 41 Oakhurst.

“We invite the public to our open house so they can see firsthand what Toastmasters is all about and hopefully recruit new members,” said Michael Montgomery, club president of Oakhurst. The event is free to the public and refreshments will be available.

“At Toastmasters meetings, members will learn to speak with confidence, improve their communication skills, give and receive constructive feedback, and thrive in a supportive learning environment.” says Montgomery.

Montgomery said Toastmasters’ proven training programs also give members powerful leadership tools to guide high-performing teams, improve their ability to inspire others, hone presentation skills, and give and get constructive feedback.

The local Toastmasters group meets the first and third Thursday of each month at 6:15 p.m. in the Raley Community Hall in Oakhurst. Membership is open to persons 18 years of age and older. Membership fees of $55.00 are collected every six months, of which $10 is used for local club expenses. There is also a one-time $20 fee for new Toastmaster members.

Annual dues provide members with access to the Toastmasters International website, all the information needed to write and deliver speeches, and 11 specialized learning pathways to help members make oral presentations, Montgomery added.

Some of these pathways include dynamic leadership where members learn to negotiate and manage change and leadership skills for any situation; Engaging humor to enhance any speech and deliver a message with laughter, and Persuasive Influencing which involves conflict resolution and high level leadership and skill development for every situation.

Toastmasters began as a series of talking clubs organized by Ralph C. Smedley while working for the YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) in Bloomington, IL. Smedley saw a need for men in the community to learn how to speak, lead meetings and plan programs and work on committees and he wanted to help them.

Smedley decided to organize a club where they could learn these skills in a social environment and he named the group the Toastmasters Club. “Toastmaster” was a popular term at the time that referred to a person who gave toasts at banquets and other occasions. The first unofficial meeting of Toastmasters was held on March 24, 1905.

For more information about Toastmasters, log on to www.toastmasters.org.

To learn more, visit Oakhurst Toastmasters website and Facebook page.

Source: Oakhurst Toastmasters

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