Toastmasters Open House This Wednesday

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First, the Reader’s Digest version: There is a Toastmasters Open House taking place this Wednesday, Jan. 26, from noon to 1 p.m. at Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Dr. Any questions? Contact the group’s president, Linda Rodezno, at lrodezno@progressive.com.

Now, The New Yorker version: I speak from experience when I say that Toastmasters is an excellent way to gain skill and confidence not only in public speaking but also in interpersonal communication in general. But many people hate public speaking. I’ve read that some people would rather die than speak in front of a group of people! I think that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but it’s safe to say that public speaking is not most people’s idea of a good time.

But that is where Toastmasters comes in. Toastmasters groups are made up of people just like us. They know the value of being able to speak in front of a crowd, and they support and nurture each other as members make strides in advancing their communication skills.

You can log onto toastmasters.org to find a club near you and attend a meeting. Unless the club is “closed,” and it will state that up front, you can attend—for free—however many times you’d like to see if you’d like to join.

This Wednesday, Jan. 26, Nooners Toastmasters—a particularly friendly group of folks—is having an open house from noon to 1 and will be serving light refreshments. (You are always invited to attend a meeting, but food is not usually part of the deal, so this is a good week to visit!) The meeting will be held at Rancho Cordova City Hall in the Community Board Room, 2729 Prospect Park Dr., Rancho Cordova. Any questions? Contact the group’s president, Linda Rodezno, at lrodezno@progressive.com.