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Spotlight: UW Toastmasters

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Ayesha Masood
Communications Assistant
Fri, 03/15/2019 - 12:45

“The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.” – Mark Twain

A chapter of Toastmasters International, University of Waterloo Toastmasters [external link] (UWTM) aims to train students in the coveted skills of public speaking, communication and leadership.

"Whether a student has come because they hate public speaking and want to get over that fear, or they love public speaking and want a space to improve, UW Toastmasters offers an encouraging and collaborative environment for them,” said Stephanie Musing, UWTM vice president public relations.

Focusing on both prepared and impromptu speeches, UW Toastmasters members progress through a program that allows them to achieve various public speaking milestones.

“Skills that can be developed include effective use of body language, vocal variety, hand gestures, stage movement, and many more very important public speaking skills.

“As a member you will be able to build a repertoire of public speaking skills for effectively structuring and delivering a speech,” said Musing. "Each meeting is used as a chance to practice and refine the skills you are looking to develop.”

In addition public speaking, the club helps members develop their speech deliverance skills including body language, vocal variety, hand gestures, and stage movement.

UWTM hosts club socials, educational workshops and events over the term, providing members with the opportunity to network and learn from their peers. In addition to exclusive club events, UWTM has also hosted collaborative events such as a "Perfecting Your Pitch" workshop with the Entrepreneurship Society [external link], a Public Speaking Tips workshop with AIESEC Waterloo, and a Hunger Games-inspired Impromptu Speaking event with The University of Waterloo Science Fiction Club.

UWTM welcomes members from all skill levels and backgrounds, so whether you are a fiery word warrior, just looking to improve your communication skills or trying to polish up your resume, there is a little something for everyone in the club.

The club meets regularly throughout the term on every Thursday from 5:30 - 6:30 pm in Mathematics and Science building and is open to both students and members of public in the Kitchener Waterloo area, providing a diverse audience for fellow members to hone their skills.

Interested in becoming a Toastmaster? For more details check out their Facebook [external link] and Instagram [external link] or send them an email.