Public Speaking – It’s Good for the Community and the Soul!

Did you know that the Toastmasters’ learning experience was developed around five core competencies?

  1. Public Speaking
  2. Interpersonal Communication
  3. Strategic Leadership
  4. Management
  5. Confidence

Each core competency refers to the capabilities, knowledge, skills, and resources that constitute defining strengths of a person or organization.  Public speaking is important for many reasons.  Speakers can motivate others to respond favorably in unfavorable conditions or to affect change.  Speaking with clarity and confidence isn’t just for large audiences either. Public speaking occurs in meeting rooms, interactions with a spouse or standing at the cash register. Yes, public speaking is one of the most important skills to have.  Did you know that public speaking can even have positive health benefits? Public speaking is a major contributor to establishing healthy relationships.  Healthy relationships reduce blood pressure and decrease anxiety!  The next time someone asks you why you practice public speaking, try saying because its good for the community and good for the soul! Don’t forget to add the invitation to join you at your next Toastmasters meeting!

Have you heard? It’s Time for Toastmasters Winter Club Officer Training!

Professionals working together for training and education.

Toastmasters Winter Club Officer Training (COT) is the program that helps your club leaders be successful.  Attending COT is an integral part of the club leadership experience. By attending training, you will have the opportunity to develop real-world leadership skills, form support networks with your peers, and take away knowledge and ideas which can help you succeed in your club role.  

Members may also attend these sessions to learn more about leadership, as well as any future club roles that you are considering.

Club Officer Training is required for your club to become Distinguished.  Be sure to attend the next Winter Club Officer Training event scheduled for November 11th, 2023. Hear from special guest, Region Advisor Wendy Willamson.  Save the date! Registration details are coming soon.

Member Spotlight on DD Laura St. Louis

by PRM Julie Gessner

Meet District Director Laura St. Louis, DTM. As District Director, Laura has a wide range of responsibilities which include overseeing and managing our Districts day-to-day operations, finances, and human resources. By dedicating her time and expertise to empowering the Leadership team, Laura creates a positive and nurturing environment where leaders can thrive.

Additionally, Laura’s diverse background with a Masters in Public Administration (MPA), project management, case management, training, public speaking, and event planning make her well suited for this role. Laura’s experience working with minority contractors to help them grow their businesses includes education in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). With this added knowledge, she is highly valuable in leading our Toastmasters in creating an inclusive and supportive environment.

Living in Norton Shores, MI with her husband and their two fur babies (Cats) Abbot and Costello. In addition, with five grown children, Laura now has the joy of being a grandmother. Her first Granddaughter will be four in December and her new Granddaughter Alba was just born. Being a grandmother allows Laura to cherish special moments and create lasting memories with her Granddaughters.

In addition to her family, Laura finds fulfillment in her involvement with Toastmasters. Working on various district initiatives allows her to contribute to the growth and development of the organization while connecting with like-minded individuals who share her passion for communication and leadership. It is evident she finds joy in both personal and professional connections, and she values the friendships she has formed through her Toastmasters experiences.


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