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How to Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking

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How to Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking  The fear of speaking in public is real – but you can overcome it to be an effective and powerful speaker.
How to Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking
The fear of speaking in public is real – but you can overcome it to be an effective and powerful speaker.

We completed the first week of Voyagers Speechcraft – if you missed out and want to experience Jerry’s speech, it is online here at YouTube https://youtu.be/2ef82Jw_ZrE

How to Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking

The fear of speaking in public is real – but you can overcome it to be an effective and powerful speaker.

What are the benefits of becoming a better speaker?

• You are perceived as competent, effective, successful.
o The ability to clearly express thoughts often determines how successful and happy people are in their lives.
o You will never reach your full potential unless you can effectively communicate with others (Warren Buffett)
• When you overcome a fear like speaking in public, you grow in self confidence and self-esteem.
o Your self-confidence flows into and enhances every aspect of your life.
• You can learn to be a better speaker.
o It’s a skill like swimming, riding a bike or playing the piano.
o Growing that skill simply requires a commitment to self-improvement through guided by instruction, practice, and feedback.

• Becoming a better speaker literally transforms you and your life outside of Toastmasters.
There are two components to becoming a better speaker –
What you need to know and what you need to do.
What you need to know
• Speaking will not kill you.
o I have never seen anyone die at a Voyagers meeting!
• Others have done it before and will do it after you.
o Some members could not even say their name in front of the group at their first meeting. Yet they became successful speakers.
• It’s safe here.
o Voyagers Toastmasters is a safe, secure, and nurturing environment.
o We like you and we want to see you succeed.
• You can do this!
o Speaking is a teachable, learnable, skill. This is something you can do
• There is help.
o Voyagers is a mutually supportive atmosphere.
o You receive a coach/mentor to help you.
o All Voyagers are committed to your success.
• This is a place to practice, learn, and grow.
• We will help you with honest and caring feedback.
What you need to do
 PREPARE – -there is no substitute for preparation.
 As Hal Slater says, “Preparation liberates consciousness”.
 “A speech well prepared is 90% delivered”, Dale Carnegie.
 Preparation allows spontaneity.
 Start by talking about something you know – yourself in your Icebreaker speech.
 Move on to something you’re passionate about.
 Tell us about your life and your experiences, what you’ve done and what you’ve learned.
 Focus on your audience, not yourself or your fears.
 Think about the value of your speech to your audience.
 Desire to serve, inform, motivate, inspire, or entertain –your speech is the medium
 Breathe – deeply, from your belly, and regularly.
 Visualize
 The importance of the speech for your audience
 The value you are going to deliver.
 Remember, the audience likes you.
 Imagine
 Talking to a friend about something you know. Can you do that?
 Discussing your favorite book, your favorite movie, a sports team. Can you do that?
 As many gather around, imagine standing up and addressing the group as you continue – Can you do that?
 Know cold your introduction and closing by heart.
• You jump start your speech without thinking.
• You can end anytime you need to!
 Get a quick laugh or elicit an emotion from your audience.
• Laughter takes the tension out of your body.
• Emotions connect you to the audience.
 Find a friendly face and speak to them!
 Use notes if you need them but try not to memorize the entire speech.
 Prepare, practice, deliver, and receive feedback.

Welcome to the 2023 Dating Game. March 9 with Toastmasters

On Thursday, March 9, our Toastmaster John will help you make the connection. And maybe help you make some romantic connections.
On Thursday, March 9, our Toastmaster John will help you make the connection. And maybe help you make some romantic connections.

Welcome to the 2023 Dating Game.
Currently single or happily married, everyone has experienced the landmark in life known as the first date. On Thursday morning Voyagers Toastmasters will reveal all there is to know about flirting, the first date, and the goodnight kiss. Anything is possible as we list the secrets behind a successful encounter.
On Thursday, March 9, our Toastmaster John will help you make the connection. And maybe help you make some romantic connections.
Lets connect! On zoom!
Why should YOU check out Voyagers Toastmasters?
• Are you curious?
• Do you want to learn to shine when communicating with others?
• Do you want to improve your leadership skills?
• Do you want to wow others when networking or presenting (rather than make them 😴)?
Then you should check out Voyagers Toastmasters!! Come visit one of our meetings to learn why Voyagers has consistently been one of the top Toastmaster clubs in San Diego – we are diverse, fun, energetic and never boring!
Would you like to attend our meeting this week? 😊
Join the Meeting Here: http://tiny.cc/VoyagersToastmasters
Thursdays 7:00-8:30AM Pacific Time – Offered Online via Zoom Each Week
Zoom login information: http://tiny.cc/VoyagersToastmasters
Meeting ID: 883 0087 7354 Passcode: 546918
On the first Thursday of each month, we have a HYBRID meeting that’s both online and in person at Denny’s Clairemont Town Square 4280 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117
Guests are always welcome to attend and participate.

Dec 15 Voyagers Meeting – Come Join Us

Do you want to improve your communication and presentation skills? Do better in school, in business, in life?

On Thursday, Dec 15, come check out Voyagers Toastmasters 7am PT to 8:30am PT.

On zoom at http://tiny.cc/VoyagersToastmasters.
If you have any questions, feel free to ping us here or call Mark at 619 249 7742. Or just zoom on in

It is a great time to join Toastmasters and find out what all the excitement is all about.

Our theme is Holiday Movies – what is your favorite Holiday Movie?


Voyagers Toastmasters Club #5315, established in Old Town in 1983, is a dynamic Toastmasters International Club with a long tradition of excellence, professionalism and enthusiasm. Our friendly members range from accomplished highly experienced Toastmasters to shy new Toastmasters. Meetings are regularly attended by 18+ members, even if not all have RSVP’d on Meetup.
Attire ranges from casual to business.

Guests are always welcome to attend and participate free of charge.
Please let us know you’ll be joining us for a Zoom Meeting!

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Mark Shapiro
1 619 249 7742

Improve your leadership and communication skills

Come join Voyagers Toastmasters for fun, educational and rewarding Toastmasters meeting. Our theme is “National Play in the Sand Day” Fun at the Beach

Event Date: August11

Come join Voyagers Toastmasters. Lets have fun.

, 2022, 7:00 AM to 8:30am Pacific Time
Zoom login information: http://tiny.cc/VoyagersToastmasters.- OR – Meeting ID: 883 0087 7354 Passcode: 546918

You are invited. All are welcome, all ages. You don’t have to be a Toastmaster.

This event will be conducted via Zoom, and will entertain, inspire, inform, and maybe even move you. Attendees will also learn about the benefits of public speaking skills learned from Toastmaster attendance and participation.

Guests are always welcome to attend and participate. To learn more about Voyagers and the Toastmasters organization, you can also visit https://www.facebook.com/voyagerstoastmasters

Keywords: San Diego Toastmasters, Public Speaking, Leadership Skills, Hillcrest Toastmasters, Hillcrest San Diego, Best San Diego Toastmasters Club, Voyagers Toastmasters, Speech Training, Presentation Skills, Public Speech Training, Business Communications

Why Join Toastmasters – Improve your communication and leadership skills

Everyone in a Toastmasters meeting was once at the level you are now. The environment is friendly and supportive, and the self-paced program allows you to build confidence with each speaking assignment.

A typical club has between 20 to 40 members who meet either weekly, biweekly or monthly. An evening meeting normally lasts around 90- 120 minutes.

(Voyagers Toastmasters meets once a week for an hour and a half. Once a month we meet in the real world – hybrid meeting. The rest of the time via zoom)
There is no instructor in a Toastmasters meeting. Instead, members evaluate one another’s presentations, pointing out the strengths and suggesting improvements. This feedback process is a key part of the program’s success. Members also give impromptu talks on assigned topics, conduct meetings and develop their leadership skills.

We learn through the Toastmasters Pathways learning experience, an exciting, flexible and interactive way to develop your skills and help others in your club develop theirs. Pathways helps you learn communication and leadership skills that you need to succeed. It gives you:

The opportunity to build up to 300 unique competencies
10 specialized learning paths to choose from
Online content, so that you can learn anytime, anywhere
Real-world, transferable skills
One thing that you’ll love at Toastmasters meetings is the applause. At first. you’ll be applauded for your effort; later you’ll be applauded for your skill.

More at https://www.facebook.com/voyagerstoastmasters/