On Wednesday, May 29 Nowra and Shoalhaven City Toastmasters had a promotional table at Nowra Stockland to promote the two clubs in the area.
The clubs provide opportunities for people to learn and grow in public speaking, whether it is for work or personal reasons.
You may have to present a speech at work or give a toast at a friend's wedding, or just want to work on communicating skills. Many people join for various reasons not only to learn to speak but also learn fundamental leadership skills.
The clubs were represented by presidents, Linda McLeod (Shoalhaven City) and Kylie Rayner (Nowra) who work closely together to engage with the community about what Toastmasters is about and what joining can do for you in your personal or professional life.
Michael Fenton, Southern Division Acting Area 30 Director and Kathryn McClelland, media officer also joined in to help promote both clubs. Linda and Kylie spoke to many people on the day, including past members of the Nowra Club.
Membership growth is an important part of Toastmasters, however both Linda and Kylie acknowledge that it is not just about growth but maintaining and growing of current members to see them achieve their goals.
"It is exciting to see members grow and build on their skills and confidence while making friendships along the way," Kylie said.
"We thank Nowra Stockland for the space to meet and greet the community. It is a wonderful service provided for community groups to promote their groups."
Nowra Toastmasters meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Shoalhaven Ex Servicemen's Sports Club in Worrigee from 7.30-9.30pm.
If you would like to know more, contact Kylie on 0402 376 763 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find Toastmasters at toastmasters.org.au, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.
Shoalhaven Toastmasters meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at the Shoalhaven City Council Chambers at 1-2pm and the fourth Wednesday evening at Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemen's Main Club in Nowra from 7-9pm. If you would like to know more about Shoalhaven City, contact Linda on 0425 279 380.
About Toastmasters International
Toastmasters International is a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that empowers individuals tobecome more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo, the organisation's membership exceeds 352,000 in more than 16,400 clubs in 141 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders.