Are you fearful of speaking? Toastmasters can help!

Mary Anne Burrows is the club leader for the Unity Toastmasters.

Are you terrified of speaking in a group or one-on-one? Don't let your fears hold you back any longer. It's time to face your fears like the champion you know you are. Inside of you is a person who has a lot to say and the Toastmasters community needs to hear your ideas. Toastmasters is not only about speaking, it is about sharing from your heart and offering what others need to hear.                         

A Toastmasters club is a group of people who want to learn how to improve their speaking skills. Toastmasters will give you the skills and confidence you need to effectively express yourself in any situation. Whether you are a professional, student, stay-at-home parent or retiree, Toastmasters is the most efficient, enjoyable and affordable way of gaining great communication skills.

By learning to effectively formulate and express your ideas, you open an entirely new world of possibilities. You'll be more persuasive and confident when giving presentations, and you'll improve your one-on-one interactions with others. The purpose of each meeting is to allow as many voices to be heard by giving speeches, evaluations, practicing impromptu speaking and filling other roles that help develop speaking and listening skills.

The environment is friendly and supportive, and the self-paced program allows you to build confidence with each speaking assignment. You may come because you want to improve your speaking, but you will stay because you love it!

"Toastmasters has completely changed my life," said member Anna H. "Now people listen to me when I talk, whether it's in front of a big group or one-on-one."

"The atmosphere of Unity Spiritual Center inspires my passion to succeed with new ideas for my freelance storytelling. It gives me opportunities to help new Toastmasters," said member Louise D.

“Speaking publicly is a tremendous fear of mine," said member Charlotte H. "After coming to Unity Toastmasters, I have heard some excellent speeches. I was inspired when the speakers explained that before Toastmasters, they were very uncomfortable speaking. Slowly I have begun to participate and I can see great improvement already.”

Don't let your fears of speaking hold you back from a better job, social skills, or superior communication with co-workers, friends and family. Stop in for a visit to see if Toastmasters is for you. Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Unity Spiritual Center, 23855 Detroit Road in Westlake. The fee for Toastmasters International membership is $20 and monthly club dues are $6. For more information, call Mary Anne at 216-374-3205.

Terri Brewer

I am a Board member at Unity Spiritual Center.

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