City Talkers Toastmasters Club

For many people, public speaking is their biggest fear – more than flying, heights and even fear of the dark. If you’re afraid to talk in front of an audience or just want to improve your speaking ability, City Talkers Toastmasters is ready to help.

“Toastmasters helps people tap into their own strength and comfort level in communication and leadership,” said Toastmaster Member and Financial Services Employee Angela Akins. “Toastmasters teaches you so many skills that relate to communication and leadership,” she said. “These are skills that everyone uses to some extent; being in Toastmasters is transforming and self-paced.”

Economic Development Executive Assistant Catrena Cain joined Toastmasters to gain confidence and improve her public speaking and communications skills. “Toastmasters gives me the opportunity to prepare and present speeches in a familiar and supportive environment,” she said. “I would recommend it to anyone looking to advance their career and improve their upward mobility.”

Toastmaster members run the meetings, which include prepared speeches by members as well as impromptu speeches by members and non-members. “Prepared speeches provide examples of how to follow guidance at various levels, and the impromptu portion allows visitors to practice speaking in front of a group for one to two minutes on a prescribed topic,” Akins said

Famous Toastmasters include Debbi Fields, founder of Mrs. Fields Cookies; Actor Tim Allen; CNBC Host Chris Matthews and former Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle. City Talkers Toastmasters meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month from noon to 1 p.m. in L1FN, Room C. Visitors are welcome and the club is open to all city employees and the public. For more information contact Angela Akins at (214) 670-5238 or Rizza Gordon at (214) 671-9357.

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