For some, the thought of public speaking is enough of a nightmare to send shivers up their spine.
Not everyone is born with the natural ability to speak confidently in front of a crowd, but the Sooke Harbour Toastmasters Club wants to help.
The group’s main purpose is to help people overcome their fears of public speaking and to become more confident communicators.
“Each member works through an individualized program at his or her own pace. Nobody is forced to speak before they are ready,” said the Sooke Toastmasters in a press release.
“The group is supportive and acknowledges all efforts. Everyone has the opportunity to grow to their full potential in an environment of warm applause, gentle encouragement, and helpful positive feedback.”
The Toastmasters will be hosting an open house and barbecue on Sept. 12, for people to come and learn more about the club. The Barbecue begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by a short meeting.
The club meets every Wednesday at the Sooke Hospice House, and meetings run from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
“Everyone is welcome to attend a few meetings as a guest to see how the meetings are run and to soak up the friendly atmosphere. Laughter is a big part of our club, so be prepared to be entertained,” said Marlene Barry, VP of membership for the toastmasters. “It really is cheaper than therapy.”
If you are unable to attend the open house, the club invites anyone interested to drop by one of the weekly meetings.
For more information, please contact Marlene Barry at 250-844-9955, or visit the Sooke Harbour Toastmasters Club Facebook page.