Boulder City now has its own charter club of Toastmasters International that meets at the Bureau of Reclamation (on Date Street) every Wednesday from 12:00Noon to 1:00pm.
The name of the club is “Bolder Voices” and this coming Wednesday is their Chartering Ceremony – so anyone is welcome to come and check out what they do.
I didn’t know a lot about Toastmasters and what the club does, so I popped over to their website (www.toastmasters.org) and found this brief description from their website’s home page that explains it pretty well:
Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Our membership is 280,000 strong. These members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 13,500 clubs in 116 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations.
Membership in Toastmasters is one of the greatest investments you can make in yourself. At $36 every six months, it is also one of the most cost-effective skill-building tools available anywhere.
How Does It Work? A Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere.
There is no instructor in a Toastmasters meeting. Instead, members evaluate one another’s presentations. This feedback process is a key part of the program’s success.
Meeting participants also give impromptu talks on assigned topics, conduct meetings and develop skills related to timekeeping, grammar and parliamentary procedure.
Not being skilled at public speaking by ANY stretch of the imagination — I should probably go!