Getting Up in Front of a Crowd to Speak Can be Terrifying

Last Word Toastmasters June 2012 NewsletterHas your boss ever told you to get prepared to do a presentation at the next managers meeting?    Is someone retiring and you have been asked to talk about them or do a toast in their honor?  These can be not uncommon requests but paralyzing to the person who needs to get up in front of the crowd

There is a solution – a support group of sorts who can help you feel comfortable in either role – Toastmasters.  If you check out the Toastmaster’s wInternational ebsite you will probably find a Club right in or fairly near your hometown.  Some meet in the morning, some at lunch, and some in the evening.   There are several in business located in Billerica (started at the encouragement of management) that meet during lunch hour.   There are also several in the neighboring communities of Bedford, Lexington, Burlington, Chelmsford, Lowell…. The list is endless.

I am proud to say that I am a member of Last Word Toastmasters in Burlington.  They meet the second and fourth Thursday of the month at the Burlington Public Library, with a little networking beginning at 6:30pm followed by a Toastmasters meeting at 7pm where members share speeches in a nurturing environment where fellow Toastmasters encourage them with both positive comments and positive suggestions to improve – called the sandwich technique.  It’s all about helping each other.

Attached is our most recent newsletter – what makes it stand out is an article reprinted from the website Magnetic Podium (Mary Cheyne)…..
Last Word Toastmasters June 2012 Newsletter

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