By Louise Smoak
EEI’s Toastmasters Club is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in June! Our club provides speaking and leadership training. Guests are always welcome to attend the meetings, which are held at EEI each Wednesday from noon to 1:00, except on the first Wednesday of each month. EEI employees are reimbursed for the membership costs.
Toastmasters is a world-wide communication and leadership-development program supporting almost 300,000 individuals in approximately 14,000 clubs in more than 120 countries. Meetings are fun, and you are guaranteed to learn something new. Members assume various meeting roles, including leading the meeting. You can practice your upcoming speeches, professional or personal, such as a toast at an upcoming wedding. You also can improve your impromptu, off-the-cuff speaking, and learn how to give effective feedback to others. Members can also attend and enter speech contests. You might even win a trophy!
Here’s what some of our staff members say about our Toastmasters Club.
John Easton: “When EEI formed PowerToasters, I joined immediately. Effective communication is critical in all aspects of our lives, both business and personal. No matter how much public speaking we do (and I have done a lot over my career), each of us can improve. Toastmasters has certainly helped me sharpen my skills.”
Jeanny Ho: “The club enhanced my public-speaking skills. I developed a good sense of humor in my daily life, which is very important for everyone in today’s society. See you at the next meeting.”
Eric Holdsworth: “Toastmasters has been a great way to improve my public-speaking skills, and ability to think on my feet, in a comfortable, relaxed setting. Everyone should give it a try.”
Ke’Viana Holmes: “I wanted to challenge myself and improve my public speaking skills. Toastmasters has helped me overcome my inability to speak in front of large crowds and that is the most valuable lesson that I have learned.”
We’d love to see you at an upcoming meeting. Please contact Louise Smoak or John Kinsman for more information.