What I am about to assert may be a tad bit controversial, but I really believe it to be the case. Our society has become so dependent on communicating digitally (myself included) that our face-to-face communication skills overall are not as developed or as good as they used to be.
If you have interviewed someone in their early to mid-20s, you know exactly what I am talking about. They appear uneasy with the process of a straightforward one-on-one interview, or basically just having a conversation without the distraction of a cellphone.
Because we don't seem to be developing that skill set as in years past, I wanted to let you know about an open house being held by the Statesboro branch of Toastmasters on May 6 at Ogeechee Technical College.
"We want those in the business community to know that there is a local Toastmasters branch that will help them improve communication skills, and increase confidence in making powerful business presentations," said Keith Wilkey, advertising coordinator for Statesboro Toastmasters.
Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking and leadership skills. It was founded in 1924.
The organization is a world leader in communication and leadership development with 280,000 members. These members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 13,500 clubs in 116 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations. The Statesboro branch opened this past fall.
"We meet the first and third Monday of the month," Wilkey said. "Each member speaks by giving a planned presentation or participates in an impromptu discussion. Their speaking is then critiqued by the other members, so they know what they need to continue to improve upon. I joined in January, and it has been very, very helpful for me."
Meeting participants also conduct meetings and develop skills related to timekeeping, grammar and parliamentary procedure.
"The open house is in room 333 of the Joe Kennedy building," Wilkey said. "There will be speakers there to tell visitors about Toastmasters. I know how valuable the program has been for me. So, I really hope that others will come see what Toastmasters can do for them."
To learn more about Toastmasters, visit their website at www.toastmasters.org.
So, until next Tuesday, I bid you au revoir.
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