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Say it well through Toastmasters with
encouragement and no pressure
By JEFF LILLY
Building confidence: Speaking in front of others is a skill which can be developed in a safe and
supportive atmosphere, through Toastmasters.
Promoting fellowship since 1924
We are often required to speak in front of
others, and frequently hear someone starting
their speech with the expression,
''Unaccustomed as I am...'
Many folk have the impression that making
a speech is limited to formal occasions, when
in fact it is only part of a much larger area of
skill -- that of communication.
We comfortably interact with work
colleagues every day, and this sometimes
requires a certain structure. Indeed many
people have roles for which addressing others
is an essential function.
Just going for a job interview can be a
daunting prospect; we need to make a good
impression on the interviewer, and
demonstrating good expressive skills is a
These things aside, expressing oneself
effectively in a variety of settings is important,
and we would all like to be able to do it well.
It is also an essential ingredient of leadership.
In October 1924, a group of men
assembled by Dr Ralph C Smedley met in
the basement of the YMCA in Santa Ana,
California, United States, forming a club ''to
afford practice and training in the art of public
speaking and in presiding over meetings, and
to promote sociability and good fellowship
among its members''. The group took the
The concept grew, and today there are
some 13,500 clubs in 116 countries, although
it may surprise you to know that there are
more members pro rata in New Zealand than
any other country. There are over 40 clubs in
the upper and central South Island, which
means that there is one near you!
Toastmasters are dedicated to providing a
supportive environment in which people feel
safe to take the steps needed to improve their
communication and leadership skills.
A Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing
workshop in which participants hone their
speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure
atmosphere and at their own pace.
There is no instructor in a meeting. Instead,
members evaluate one another's
presentations. This feedback process is a key
part of the programme's success.
Division governor for the upper South Island
Debra Taylor-Hayhurst explains that feedback
comes in a three-fold manner: commendation,
recommendation, commendation (CRC) which
means positive encouragement and
informative feedback. Meeting participants
also give impromptu talks on assigned
topics, conduct meetings and develop skills
related to timekeeping, grammar and
If you can mention on your CV that
you belong to a Toastmasters' Club,
any prospective employer will be
Cost is affordable as well -- all this for a fee
of $15 to $20 per month (costs vary from club
to club) -- and the benefits are formidable.
If you are interested, log on to
toastmasters.org.nz and click on the Club
Finder quick link at the top right of the page.
The international site (toastmasters.org) is
excellent. Using the Club Finder there, you can
locate the address of a nearby club, contact
details and meeting times, and there is also a
You can also contact Debra Taylor-Hayhurst
directly on 021 863 877, email:
firstname.lastname@example.org, or call
0800 PEOPLE (736 753).
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