Overview: One of the best ways to overcome public speaking anxiety is to find a supportive environment in which to practice giving presentations. Toastmasters provides such an opportunity. This post is about the Toastmasters club, what it involves and how you can get involved. Reading time ~ 2 minutes.
A counsellor once told me that joining a Toastmasters Club is a great way to address one’s public speaking anxiety (and social anxiety in general). And it makes sense. Toastmasters clubs give you a safe training space to practice giving speeches and targeted coaching and feedback to hone your speaking skills.
This year the Flinders University Toastmasters Club continues its meetings at Oasis. I’ve included some details below from top dog Chris Simmons.
“The Flinders University Toastmasters Club provides a safe, supportive environment for you to expand your speaking and leadership skills.
At every meeting we give speeches; test ourselves at speaking without preparing and give coaching and feedback.
Some of us are very experienced and we make use of very comprehensive expert learning materials from Toastmasters International. Everyone learns at their own pace.
Many people who are new to English find it is a great way to build their confidence in speaking.
Anyone can visit a meeting as our guest to see what it’s like and whether you like our kind of “fun learning”.
And if you join, you get access to projects and challenges and other ways to take you to higher levels of leadership and presenting.”
Meeting information is as follows:
Sessions run from 5pm to 6.30pm and are held either via Zoom (when necessary) or face-to-face at the Oasis Community Centre (Function centre opposite Car Park 5).
They are held on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each every month – even during Flinders Uni Holidays.