Lennox Lightning Toastmasters held a couple of cracking meetings again in August. We were delighted to hear that Club President John Peacock had recently won a stand-up comedy competition in Byron Bay.
John attributes a lot of his speech craft to Toastmasters and is delighted to be seeing the benefits of the learnings come to fruition.
People join Toastmasters for a host of reasons. John Peacock says, ‘Toastmasters has refined the way I speak to an audience, it has helped me relax and also to overcome some really bad nerves, which were detracting from my performances. The feedback you receive from other members every time you deliver a spoken piece is invaluable. We talk about points for improvement and it’s those things you might not be aware of that really help to make you a better speaker.’
One of the most common misconceptions is that Toastmasters is just for people who are trying to overcome a fear of public speaking. It is a big driver of new members and Lennox Lightning has had several of our current members give speeches at their children’s weddings, something they never imagined they would be able to deliver. There are many more motivators than that though.
Other members speak of the camaraderie and social aspects of the meetings. There is always laughter and enjoyment at club meetings. Some members just love language and words and appreciate the way other people use language.
We’ve had new teachers and aspiring politicians, those who are starting new businesses and those who are beginning university studies. Basically there is nothing to lose by becoming a more confident and polished speaker.
Lennox Lightning Toastmasters meets at Club Lennox, 7pm on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month. New members and visitors are always welcome, with no compulsion to speak if you don’t want to and no pressure to join if you think it’s not for you.