Toastmasters focuses on helping students improve their public speaking skills by offering a chance to speak at their meetings using table topics or personal speeches.
“Toastmasters is a public speaking organization,” said President of Toastmasters Alexandria Liptrot. “We focus primarily on enhancing the public speaking skills of our members and or guest. We do this by having table topics of the day and we also have speeches. The table topics focus on a variety of different themes and then we have somebody give a speech at each meeting to help our members and guest feel more welcome and included.”
Toastmasters members believe the art of public speaking is crucial, whether you’re a college student giving a presentation to others or you’re going through an interview process with a potential employer.
“You have to public speak at interviews, you have to public speak in front of your employers, you have to public speaking at churches you have to public speak anywhere,” Liptrot said.
Liptrot said the key to giving a great speech is to be prepared.
“Practice, practice, practice, That’s the biggest thing. Practice with your friend, Practice with your family. Just practice if you don’t practice, you’re not going to get better. You don’t have to practice in front a whole bunch of people your first time. It could be you and your phone and you’re just recording a speech on your phone and just listening to it back to see what you did wrong and what you did right.”
After attending the meeting one student said she’s ready to start her public speaking journey.
“I want to come back to other meeting and hopefully get up and speak in front of everyone,” said Chandler Paymon. “Now I know that public speaking is bigger than a large group of people it can just be something simple like talking to your employer or interview something like that.”
The Toastmasters’ next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 29 at 6 p.m. in room 133 inside John Robert Lewis Hall.