Learn to butter groups up with Toastmaster
By Jacob Getty - Staff Reporter
Kent Evening Toastmasters wants to make you a better pub- lic speaker.
"The main goal of Kent Eve- ning Toastmasters is to help people improve their commu- nication and leadership skills," said Lisa Lewis, vice president of public relations for Kent Eve- ning Toastmasters.
People who are a part of Toastmasters Internation- al joined because they have problems shared by many: They are afraid of speaking in public.
"Fear is probably the number one obstacle members endeavor to overcome. There have been surveys conducted in recent years where the fear of public speaking has beaten out the fear of death," Lewis said.
But do not fear, because Toastmasters International is here to help.
"A Toastmasters meeting is a learning lab environment where club members can prac- tice their skills safely, receive peer evaluations on what is working and challenges for im- provement and even practice impromptu speaking skills," Lewis said.
Kent Evening Toastmasters has received some awards.
"Last Toastmasters year we earned President's Dis- tinguished status, which in the Toastmasters organiza- tion means our club members moved forward in their educa- tion program goals. We gained new members and our club leaders participated in train- ing," Lewis said.
Chapter members have also had success.
"We have members who achieved a variety of things due to their participation in Toast- masters. One member received an amazing work promotion that he correlates to his skill building in Toastmasters," Lew- is said.
If you are interested in join- ing Kent Evening Toastmasters, here are the logistics:
"Each meeting has three parts to it: prepared speech- es, table topics (an impromptu speaking exercise), and evalua- tions," Lewis said.
Members pay $45 every six months. There is a new member fee of $20.
The chapter meets weekly on Wednesdays, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Centennial Center in downtown Kent, located at 400 W. Gowe St., Kent.