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Toastmasters all about learning to be yourself

The local Toastmasters Club, the Sentinel Speakers, held a very successful Open House on November 7th, 2012. The event was put on to let local people know what Toastmasters is all about.

Toastmasters International, founded in 1924, is a proven product, regarded as the leading organization dedicated to communication and leadership skill development.Through its worldwide network of clubs, Toastmasters helps nearly 280,000 people communicate effectively and achieve the confidence to lead others. Why pay thousands of dollars for a seminar or class when you can join a Toastmasters club for a fraction of the cost and have fun in the process?

Mark Sirges, President of the club, entertained the crowd with his stories of how Toastmasters has helped him and others both professionally and personally. Heather Love, Vice President of Education, described the self-paced program of speaking and leadership projects that has worked for thousands of people. These presentations were followed by a shortened version of a normal Toastmasters meeting, with a prepared speech, an evaluation of the speech, and an impromptu speaking exercise called Table Topics.

People interested in Toastmasters who missed this Open House are welcome to attend a club meeting as a guest. The Sentinel Speakers Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Fireside Inn, Castlegar. Toastmasters clubs provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills.

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