The ability to speak clearly and effectively is a powerful and important skill that can help individuals overcome barriers to effective performance in virtually every endeavour and line of work. The first Toastmasters club was formed in 1924 in California and British Columbia has grown to serve more than 5,000 members in 265 clubs.
The Toastmasters program helps people develop skills in speaking, listening, giving feedback, decision-making, effective meeting management, delegating and mentoring – in a fun supportive environment.
When asked how membership has impacted her life, one of the Sooke club members, Marlene Barry responded with, “The people in our club are creative and collectively have a wonderful sense of humour. What’s not to love about having a good laugh each week? Toastmasters has helped me effectively use a pause, both for effect and to collect my thoughts. It has also helped me with general communication and over all listening skills – I love attending!”
The Sooke Harbour Toastmasters are celebrating Toastmasters International week by hosting a “Meet & Greet” meeting Wednesday, Feb. 22 at their regular meeting place, upstairs in the Village Food Market.
Meetings begin at 7 pm and end at 8:30. Guests are always welcome although this “Meet & Greet” is an opportunity for new comers to experience a meeting amongst other guests.
For additional information go to www.sookeharbourtoastmasters.org.