Two speakers, Arun Menon and Jim Katula, from Lincoln-Way Toastmasters recently received first and second place respectively in their chapter’s Humorous Speech Contest. The next round of contests will be held on September 22nd at Lincoln-Way West High School in which the public is welcome to attend from 11a.m – 1p.m. in the Warriors Lodge Room. Appetizers will be served.
Arun enjoys Toastmasters because “prior to joining Toastmasters, I visited a chapter of the Toastmasters club four to five times as a guest. During these visits, I observed that the members were very supportive of each other. The meetings were conducted in a manner where everyone felt at ease, including guests. The entire atmosphere was very conducive to learning and developing one's speaking abilities. I observed and was impressed with the progress made by some speakers who were fairly new to the club. Inspired by what I saw and experienced, I decided to not delay any further and became a member and have not missed a single day of the Toastmaster's club meeting in the last 6 months. I have not been disappointed with my decision. Winning first place at my club's humorous speech contest speaks volumes of how the Toastmasters club has helped me to develop the confidence for speaking. I know winning the contest is not the end, but just the beginning of my journey to become a good speaker.”
There is an open house for anyone wanting to check out Lincoln-Way Toastmasters. They will be showing “Speak the Movie” on October 20th from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at the Tinley Park Library and it is free to attend.
The Lincoln-Way Toastmasters is a local chapter of Toastmasters International, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping its members overcome the fear of public speaking while enhancing their communication and leadership skills.
Toastmasters is open to all individuals over 18 years of age. The Lincoln-Way Toastmasters meeting is held at 7:30 P.M. on the first and third Thursday of each month at Lincoln-Way East High School. The meetings follow an organized agenda and gives everyone an opportunity to speak and listen more effectively.
Toastmasters is free to attend and membership fees, should you decide to join, are nominal. If you have any questions, feel free to check out http://lincolnway.freetoasthost.org/. Or, you can call Thad Gray, at 815.464.4414 or Renee’ Perry at 815.474.9580.