Toastmasters in Worcester
If the idea of speaking in front of other people fills you with dread, you are not alone! A new group has started in Worcester which is dedicated to helping people overcome their fear of speaking in public.
Toastmasters Worcester Speakers can help you learn to speak in public in a safe environment where you can practise in front of other people. If that sounds scary then try not to worry, this is a supportive group where you only stand up and speak once you are ready to do so.
Meeting twice a month, all sorts of people come along to learn the art of public speaking, improve their skills and grow in confidence. ‘It’s a chance to get out of your comfort zone in a space that’s very supportive’ according to Elaine Watt, who is one of the members. ‘It’s no exaggeration to say that every single person who walks through the door will feel anxiety, but nobody is ever made to stand up. You are welcome to come along and watch others speak for a few weeks until you feel ready to take the plunge.’
Worcester Speakers is a not-for-profit group and the costs are kept low by members who keep it running. Rather than speaking straight away, you can join and then take on a role such as setting up the room, setting the agenda or even baking cakes for the break!
If and when you decide to speak, you’ll be mentored by a more experienced member of the group. This person can either be assigned to you, or you can approach any of the members yourself. You will follow a training pathway, helped with online training tools and creating a framework for your speech. You are given help with all sorts of skills that include body language and using your voice, but the main objective is simply to stand up and complete your first speech.
Worcester Speakers is part of Toastmasters International, which has more than 16,000 clubs located in 143 countries around the world. The Worcester group has grown from another group in nearby Malvern, which has been running successfully for several years.
‘The transformation in people is unbelievable!’ says Elaine. ‘One of our members started by volunteering as the timekeeper, but after 3 months he took the leap to speaking and has since gone far. He now presents Youtube videos and gives tours around his workplace. He is one of many transformational stories.’
Toastmasters Worcester Speakers is a not-for-profit group which always welcomes new members. You can attend as a visitor for free – if you decide to join, the cost is £7 a month.
Meetings take place on the first and third Monday evenings of each month at Worcester Group Training Association which is close to Shrub Hill Station in Worcester.
You can read more at www.worcesterspeakers.co.uk