Sunday, April 3, 2011

Toastmasters Winnipeg: Feel the Fear But Do It Anyway

Although we had a small group, with only 8 people attending our weekly Toastmasters Winnipeg Club, as always, we had an inspiring and exciting meeting.  Dianne, our club president, was the Toastmaster and she challenged us to excel with the theme “feel the fear but do it anyway”. 
Tiffany earned the gold star by doing just that.  After recently competing in the junior speech contest she gave her sixth speech so she can qualify to compete in the international speech contest next week and work towards finishing her cc manual by the end of the year.  Her speech on gaming was entertaining and fun and it demonstrated her ever improving speaking skills.
Bev shared with us her method of dealing with fear by viewing fearful situations as an opportunity for growth.  June spoke of doing evaluations as fear producing for her but went ahead and “did it anyways” but delivering a great evaluation for Tiffany’s speech.
Deb lead an exciting table topics session centred around the theme of overcoming fear, giving Anna and Jessica a chance to speak of the cuff about fears they have overcome. They made impromptu speaking look easy because of the ease in which they delivered their two minute speeches.
Every week UM Masters gives people an opportunity to work through their fears of public speaking in a supportive and inviting environment and this week was no different. If you’re ever in Winnipeg and want to sit in on a Toastmasters meeting, by all means join us!
Next week, April 6th, we will have 4 speakers competing in our international speech contest so come out and enjoy the competition.
If you would like to take part in a UM Masters meeting, we’re located in Winnipeg at the University of Manitoba. Our meetings are held every Wednesday from 12:05 –12:50 PM in Room 111 at St. John’s College (which is part of the University of Manitoba).

If you're in Winnipeg and interested in sitting in on a club meeting to see if Toastmasters is right for you, please feel free to contact Beverley Doern at

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