Toastmasters…Toast what?

Public speaking.

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Photo: Sovita Chander

Jean Racine, Louis-Philippe Allard, Sandra Holman and Bobby Fielding staffing the Toastmasters booth at the Fall Fest event.

For some people, Toastmasters might mean a brand of toaster. But for those who know, it means the most well-known worldwide organization devoted to developing speaking skills. The new Toastmasters slogan “Where leaders are made!” explains well what you can develop when you join a Toastmasters club. Developing public speaking skills is becoming even more important in our modern world and Toastmasters International, a non-profit organization, is the leading organization offering this education opportunity. On Saturday, September 14th, those who came to the Fall Fest event, organized by the Voice of English Quebec, learned more about the Toastmasters organization in the greater Quebec area. The Toastmasters program is offered by over 15 local clubs, of which four are English-speaking clubs. It is amazing how the English-speaking Toastmasters clubs are growing rapidly in Quebec City. The first English-speaking club in the city was the Quest Toastmasters club, which meets on Friday mornings at the Pacini Quatre-Bourgeois restaurant. The second English-speaking club to be created was the Viewpoint club which meets Wednesday nights in Beauport. For almost three years, at the faculté des sciences de l’administration on the Université Laval campus, the Quality Speakers FSA U Laval club has been and meeting on Monday nights. More recently. the Tuesday noon club of D’Estimauville started meeting regularly. All are welcome to visit these clubs for no charge to see how they can help you to develop your public speaking skills as well as your leadership ability. The best investment you can make is in yourself. For more information contact: Sandra Holman (418-573-1767), Bobby Fielding (418-683-5365), Louis Philippe Allard (418-839-9393), or Jean Racine (418-623-0452) or visit www.toastmasters-quebec.com.