One-day public speaking workshop offered in Parksville

“Art of Public Speaking” workshop happening Feb. 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30p.m.

Ever wondered what toastmasters is really all about? Well, now’s your chance. The Arbutus Toastmasters Club is holding a one day “Art of Public Speaking” workshop to garner public awareness of what the club offers.

“February is Toastmasters Month and in honour of that we are putting on a one-day workshop,” said Matt Breedlove, who has been a member of the Arbutus Toastmasters Club since 1999.

The workshop, that covers all elements of crafting an effective presentation, will take place at the Parksville Community Centre from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24. The event is for beginner and experienced speakers or anyone curious to experience toastmasters and public speaking.

Workshops will be delivered by some of the Arbutus Toastmaster’s most experienced members including past world champion of public speaking, Arabella Bengson.

“Throughout the day, the public will be able to interact with our speakers, toastmaster, and even the world champion and get tips or advice on their presentation or their public speaking skills,” Breedlove said.

Some topics that will be discussed throughout the day include, beginning your speech, controlling your fear, impromptu speaking, using body language and preparation and practice.

The event is $20 to attend which includes lunch.

Breedlove said the Arbutus Toastmasters Club is made up of professional, amateur and novice speakers who want to learn in a friendly environment.

“We are all ages, sex, background and experience from a diverse cross section of careers, jobs and professions,” Breedlove said.

“We meet every Monday between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Parksville Community & Conference Centre and guests are always welcome. We offer a mentor program and educational sessions. You can learn how to run meetings, give a toast, introduce someone, storytelling, comedy interpretive reading, role playing and leadership opportunities.”

— NEWS Staff

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