Public speaking can be a real challenge and one that some people never really overcome the fear of.
it’s all too easy to think that public speaking of speaking to a larger group of people will come naturally to you and then, right out of the blue you’re asked to be a “best man” at a wedding of something equally daunting.
How do you prepare? What do you need to do? Practice, write a speech, hope that inspiration will come on the day.
I’ve spent many years doing all of the above but found that when it came to the actual presentation or speech I stumbled and forgot some of the “best bit” I’d wanted to get across.
Then about a year ago someone recommended that I go to a Toastmasters Club. What the heck is a Toastmaster I thought? I had visions of stuffy dining room and men in red jackets etc.
After a few months I had the usual problem at work. I needed to present loads of information to a group of strangers and it went the same way as it usually does. I got really nervous whizzed through my slide show and missed out some really great information.
Right! it really is time to get some help in presenting.
It just happened that I was chatting to a friend who had just been asked to be a Best Man so we both thought we’d pop along to Brighton and Hove Speakers Club (Toastmasters…) and what a surprise we got. A really welcoming and friendly group of everyday people from all walks of life.
We both really enjoyed the evening and I became a member that day, the friend waited a couple of weeks but joined all the same.
We’re both still members and getting help and practice at speaking in public and my presentation skills have improved so much that others are starting to notice that I’m better at presenting my business to small and larger groups.
If you’ve got any problems with your public speaking or just want to improve from where you are right now then “Toastmasters” is for you. The Brighton and Hove Speakers Club meets twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 7:15pm. The venue is The Imperial Hotel, First Avenue, Hove.
Visitors are very welcome and meetings are free for guests to attend.