There was a lively crowd at the inaugural session of the Weston Mount Dennis Toastmasters. The pizza was hot and the drinks cold as the latest chapter got under way in the Weston Hub last Thursday.
Toastmasters is a club that celebrates the art of public speaking and does so in a standardized format with fun exercises and challenges that are designed to help even the most bashful among us talk to an audience and hold their attention. Veteran Toastmasters from south Toronto were on hand to help organize and demonstrate how the meetings are formatted.
One of the speakers, Justin Gobel from Bathurst / Bloor Toastmasters gave a prepared speech about adopting his son and how the experience changed both their lives profoundly. The speech was moving and heartfelt and received much applause. Audience members who wished to critique his speech were encouraged to use a format that gives praise wrapped around a ‘gift’ of constructive criticism. Some audience members were later selected to give brief talks (Table Topics) about unusual experiences in their lives.
If you would like to join Toastmasters, come to the next meeting and meet new friends and neighbours. There is a special fee for the first six months of $37 – this is open to the first twenty applicants.
Toastmasters meets every Thursday at the Weston Hub between 6:30 and 8:30 pm. Come and see if it’s for you – yes there will be pizza!