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Practice and Learn Speaking Skills

If you’re involved in a non-profit, chances are you might have opportunities to speak publicly. The best way to learn how to speak is to practice. The best place to practice and receive feedback is at a Toastmasters International club!

This Saturday, November 8th, Columbia Center Toastmasters Club will feature inspirational speaker Cleon Cox III, who will answer the question, “How can Toastmasters benefit YOU?”

Cleon is the 2002 recipient of the Herb Stude award for educational service to Toastmasters International. He has helped create new Toastmasters clubs in the Portland metro area and has held leadership roles as a club president and area governor. Author of the book, "The 50 Most Asked Questions From The Newly Unemployed," Cleon shares positive values to help others attain their personal and professional best. He has devoted over 2000 hours in counseling and mentoring people to achieve success in their search for employment.

"Meet and Greet" and refreshments afterwards. Be sure to mark your calendar and come! You won't be disappointed!

Saturday, November 8, 2008 9:00 am - 10:15 am


Rose City Park United Methodist Church (auxiliary building), 5830 NE Alameda St., Portland (off of Sandy and 60th)

Go in left-hand door on Alameda and follow signs upstairs.

For more information, contact Dick Moser: 503-288-8806 or e-mail [email protected].

Columbia Center Toastmasters club has been meeting for 15 years and currently has 22 active members. Join us every Saturday from 9:00 am - 10:15 am.

ABOUT TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL (www.toastmasters.org) Through club activities and conferences, Toastmasters helps its members improve their communication and leadership skills while fostering self-confidence and personal growth.

From a humble beginning in 1924 at the YMCA in Santa Ana, California, Toastmasters International has grown to become a world leader in helping people become more competent and comfortable in front of an audience. The nonprofit organization now has nearly 235,000 members in 11,700 clubs in 92 countries, offering a proven – and enjoyable! – way to practice and hone communication and leadership skills.

Participants practice and learn skills by filling a meeting role, ranging from giving a prepared speech or an impromptu one to serving as timer, evaluator or grammarian. There is no instructor; instead, each speech and meeting is critiqued by a member in a positive manner, focusing on what was done right and what could be improved.