It’s a common fact that people fear speaking in public more than death itself. Think about that for a moment. It’s obviously an “irrational” fear and the Etobicoke Toastmasters are here to help us all be better public speakers and eliminate that fear.
Goodyear Toastmasters is the Etobicoke chapter of Toastmasters International and was formed way back in 1981 by members of the training department at Goodyear Tires. Over the years the venue for the club changed several times settling now in the main boardroom at the Etobicoke Civic Centre, an excellent location that is accessible easily by car or by TTC. It is located at Burnhamthorpe and the 427 with free parking and a Tim Hortons across the street. The mission of Toastmasters is to “provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills that give them greater self-confidence and personal growth”.
Etobicoke Toastmasters members meet weekly for two hours every Thursday evening and are made up of teachers, salespeople, students, professional speakers, retirees, and others. Each meeting is structured with members playing roles in various scenarios, allowing each person to learn through practice and feedback from other members. There are mentor programs, youth leadership programs, and other tools used by the organization to achieve their goals. If you’re not sure about becoming a member then come in as a guest for free and participate in some of the activities, optionally of course.
Speaking from my own personal experience I’ll occasionally come into a situation where I am required to give a speech, the most recent as best man at a friend’s wedding. Due to these situations arising infrequently I am always overcome with a bit of nervousness and worry. The funny thing is that once the speech is done I realize “That wasn’t so bad. In fact, I did well”. This is probably where Toastmasters would benefit me greatly in that by giving speeches more often it will become second nature for me and more importantly, I will get good at it!
So call up Goodyear Etobicoke Toastmasters today and come to see what it’s all about. You’ll be amongst friends each helping you to become a better public speaker and also to increase your self-confidence.
Etobicoke Toastmasters: Where and When…
|Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall, Etobicoke, ON M9C 2Y2
|Every Thursday for two hours, beginning at 6:45pm