Speak Easy Toastmasters - (L) Mary Sharpe, Joy Ween (Pres.), Marjory Hansen, Leanne Prizeman and Doreen Davis (Area 10 Director).
Speak Easy Toastmasters - (L) Mary Sharpe, Joy Ween (Pres.), Marjory Hansen, Leanne Prizeman and Doreen Davis (Area 10 Director). Alistair Brightman

Find your voice with Toastmasters

WHETHER you are a professional, student, stay at home grandparent or retiree, Toastmasters could give you the skills and confidence you need to effectively express yourself in any situation.

Toastmasters is the most efficient, enjoyable and affordable way of gaining great communication skills, leadership qualities and meeting procedures.

Speak Easy Toastmasters Club president Joy Ween said most people joined to gain confidence in speaking.

Mrs Ween said she was an extiniguished toastmaster and had been an area governor.

"I joined toastmasters 16 years ago to help with better communication and leadership skills," she said.

"The club's membership is for all ages.

"We have members who have overcome nervousness after having a stroke and a 100-year-old member, who has since passed, who loved to get up and speak...and dance."

The Hervey Bay toastmaster said these groups make people feel welcome.

"Toastmasters has people from all walks of life including police, university students," Mrs Ween said.

"They join hoping to help with getting a job, higher position, pay rise or even run a business session.

"Some people believe getting up and speaking in front of people is worse than death or a spider bite.

"New members do not have to speak but most after the first meet end up doing an impromptu speech without even knowing it."

"Everyone just works at their own level and pace."

Toastmasters also help with youth leadership running workshops at schools.

"The group help gain better listening, speaking and thinking skills," Mrs Ween said.

"It is the cheapest way to gain your confidence.

"Most people stay with the group for two to three years, getting what they wanted to gain out of it.

"You have nothing to lose, come along and see for yourself."

Speak Easy Toastmasters Club meet at the Masonic Hall, Watson St, Pialba, on Monday mornings between 11.30am-2 30pm, except public holidays with a free light lunch provided during the meeting.

Phone Marjory on 4194 5506 or John on 4124 1070 or Joy 4125 5489

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