The number one fear for most people is public speaking, and now residents of Stratford have a place to turn to help them overcome that phobia.
Speak Stratford Toastmasters has been holding meetings since the fall and currently meets every Monday night at 7 p.m. at the Stratford Country Club.
Founding members Lisa Stanley and Gezahgn Wordofa both saw a need and decided they were the ones to fill it. They felt their speaking skills needed improvement and a Toastmasters club seemed like the obvious way to reach that goal.
Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Its membership is 280,000. These members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 13,500 clubs in 116 countries that make up their global network of meeting locations.
“Membership in Toastmasters is one of the greatest investments you can make in yourself,” states a press release from local organizers. “It is also one of the most cost-effective skill-building tools available anywhere.”
The local Toastmasters group currently has 17 members and needs three more to reach its the number to officially become a chartered club.
If interested, you’re asked to contact Lisa Stanley at 519-276-1158 or find the club on Facebook at Speak Stratford Toastmasters.