Our members (and we have around 20) live in or near the Lawnton, Strathpine and Petrie area of Brisbane and get together twice a month.
The primary goal of a Toastmasters club is to learn new skills in public speaking and to practise what we’ve learned - in different ways.
The advantage of a club is that we do this in a friendly and supportive atmosphere so if one of us botches a speech, well, there is no great embarrassment because everyone else in the club has at one time or another too.
Once you start to overcome the fear aspect then you have a great opportunity to develop your speaking skills; improve your articulation, tackle those ummm's and aahhh's, develop effective hand gestures, improve your body language, stance and so on.
Don't feel it's too easy though - we do evaluate each other in a positive way and offer good advice on how to improve your overall presentation.
But wait, there's more... It’s not just public speaking of course, because we cover other real world things like how to run a business session, present an educational talk, speak for a minute or two off the cuff on a subject you’ve just been given (table topics), give a toast (and in fact be the Toastmaster for an event), chair a meeting and so on.
If you are wanting to perfect your skills in multimedia presentations, the club owns a projector to help you to perfect your presentation skills.