Thursday, August 11 2022

A Toastmasters Club competition held in Waipā District Council Chambers in 2020. Photo/provided.

Te Awamutu Toastmasters are a group of friendly and supportive professional people who meet in Waipā District Council Halls on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7:30 p.m.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday July 19.

Toastmasters meetings are a safe environment for learning. Everyone who attends is there for the purpose of gaining skills through the program.

Those who benefit the most from participating in this group are those seeking employment or those seeking confidence in public speaking.

Our club meetings offer you the opportunity to learn the basic techniques to capture your audience and communicate your message effectively. Participants have various opportunities to learn public speaking at each meeting. Mutual support and encouragement are cornerstones of Toastmasters meetings.

Participants learn by practicing speaking in front of the group, evaluating and listening to speech evaluations, and following the Toastmasters Step-Advancement Program.

All Toastmasters know what it is like to smell butterflies when asked to speak, and experienced Toastmasters also know that fear can be overcome by trying.

Attending a meeting as a guest is free and there is no pressure to join until you are ready and comfortable.

Past and present members have found success in the local community through the skills they have learned by attending Toastmasters meetings.

Toastmasters is a US-based international nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs around the world to promote communication, public speaking, and leadership.

Toastmasters New Zealand (North) completed an international speaking marathon from April 21-26, 2019 and achieved the Guinness World Record by speaking for 127 hours 31 minutes 43 seconds; 171 Toastmasters gave 381 speeches one after the other. This was achieved through continuous effort over a 24-hour speaking week. Some people gave relatively short speeches and others spoke for over an hour. Te Awamutu Toastmasters took a car and ran this marathon.

Covid has affected Te Awamutu Toastmasters as they have not been able to meet in recent years but have continued to hold meetings via Zoom.

“We’re going to be hybrid, we’ll meet in council rooms but also stay on Zoom. That’s for those out of the country who may be busy, they can log in and still attend.

“We’re excited to have everyone back. We haven’t been back in council chambers for over a year, it’s been a long time,” says Katrina Hudson.

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