Toast­mas­ters re­launch­ing

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Con­fi­dence with public speak­ing is set to be given a boost in Toko­roa with the re­launch of a lo­cal Toast­mas­ters club.

Toast­mas­ters New Zealand Divi­sion B di­rec­tor Ross Kennedy said in­ter­est in Toast­mas­ters, which helps peo­ple be­come confident with public speak­ing through pre­pared and im­promptu speeches, is once again grow­ing in Toko­roa af­ter the Forest­lands Toast­mas­ters Club closed at the end of 2015.

In part that’s due to Toko­roa’s Ju­lian Leite who won two awards through Ro­torua’s Gey­ser­land Toast­mas­ters Club last month. One for be­ing the most im­proved speaker and the other an oral read­ing con­test award.

Kennedy said now’s the right time to get a new club up and run­ning.

‘‘Toast­mas­ters has evolved since the last club closed and there are changes hap­pen­ing to how we run our pro­grammes to make them more at­trac­tive to all peo­ple over the age of 18,’’ he said.

He said an ini­tial meet­ing will be held at the Toko­roa Coun­cil of So­cial Ser­vices (TCOSS) in Marae­tai Rd on Thurs­day at 7pm and at least 20 mem­bers are needed to get it up and run­ning.

Kennedy said any­one over the age of 18 was able to at­tend.

‘‘Toast­mas­ters pro­vides a safe non-judge­men­tal en­vi­ron­ment in which peo­ple can feel safe, push them­selves, and over­com­ing that anx­i­ety,’’ he said.

LUKE KIRKEBY/FAIR­FAX NZ

Ju­lian Leite with his Gey­ser­land Toast­mas­ters Club awards.

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