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Posted on: January 2, 2019

Toastmasters Talk of the Town

In an era where people seem to be communicating strictly with their thumbs, gaining confidence in public speaking does not come easily or cheaply.  Crowell Public Library and the Toastmasters organization are joining forces to present a free series that will be the quickest means to improve participants’ speaking skills and confidence.  The new “Talk of the Town” Toastmasters meetings have participants delivering short speeches and leaders offering coaching. There will be a demonstration meeting on January 10, followed by meetings every first and third Thursday of the month. Although Toastmasters charges a nominal fee to join their organization, visitors are welcome to the library meetings at no charge, but registration is required.

Participants will gain confidence in public speaking, communication and language skills, and learn to think quickly and clearly, becoming an effective listener.  Speech-craft can also help participants improve performance in problem-solving, meeting in larger groups,  motivating people, selling ideas or products, conducting business meetings, impromptu speaking, managing nervousness, introducing a speaker, speech structure and organization, beginning and concluding a speech, body language, vocal variety, and knowing an audience.  Friendships and careers can and do blossom for those experiencing Toastmasters.

The Talk of the Town Toastmasters club will be led by seven club officers and guided by two club mentors. Ming Jiang, joined Toastmasters in 2016.  She served a number of club officer roles and is currently Arroyo Seco Division Director, the charter president and club mentor for San Marino Toastmasters Club.  Ming will be club sponsor, mentor and president for Talk of the Town Toastmasters club. Mary Hsu, joined Toastmaster in 2018, and is a charter member of San Marino Toastmasters Club. Mary is serving on the Crowell Library Board and will be club sponsor for Talk of the Town. Xuling Wu joined Toastmasters in 2009 and is currently Area A3 Director in Arroyo Seco Division.  Xuling will be serving as club mentor and charter Vice President of PR of Talk of the Town. Sandra Cheng, joined Toastmasters in 2018, is a charter member of San Marino Toastmasters Club. She is serving VP of Membership at Club 6 and Assistant Area Director of Area A4 in Arroyo Seco Division. Sandra will be serving as Vice President of Education for Talk of the Town Club.

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