Help to overcome one of life's fears

A new Toastmasters club is being set up at Windang. (Standing) Sam Joukador (left) and Tony Spalding. (Seated) Bert Stevens (left), Maggie Sydenham, Barbara Owens, Lesley Brennan and Dorothy Fields.

A new Toastmasters club is being set up at Windang. (Standing) Sam Joukador (left) and Tony Spalding. (Seated) Bert Stevens (left), Maggie Sydenham, Barbara Owens, Lesley Brennan and Dorothy Fields.

HELPING people improve their public speaking and leadership skills is the aim behind the formation of a new Toastmasters club in the area.

The Windang Daytime Toastmasters Club will host its first meeting on Wednesday, May 21.

"The idea behind the club is to try and get people who have some time on their hands during the day like retirees, shift workers, people between jobs or parents whose children are at school involved in the club," Windang Daytime Toastmasters Club founder Maggie Sydenham said.

"There's already a number of night-time clubs in the area, so hopefully with the daytime club we can get some people involved who otherwise wouldn't be able to."

The club will meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month and Mrs Sydenham said members will learn a number of valuable skills.

"For a lot of people getting up and speaking in front of a crowd can be nerve racking, and if you have to make a speech at a wedding or a funeral or anything like that you won't be able to do it without being scared and Toastmasters can really help you with that.

"It also helps with how you speak and present yourself in other areas, if you're somebody looking for a job you'll definitely get something out of it to help you in an interview and things like that.

"The other thing you get is some real leadership skills. When I joined Toastmasters myself I never wanted to do anything like start up a club, but the leadership skills I've learnt have made me want to do things like that."

At each meeting, members will present a speech on a topic of their choosing and will also speak on a topic that is disclosed to them during the meeting.

The speakers are evaluated on their presentations and provided with feedback on how they can improve.

The club's first meeting will be on Wednesday, May 21, at the Windang Bowling Club from 1pm.

For more details, phone 4203 1995 or 4272 2278.

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