Henry Toastmasters to hold holiday open house

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

Henry County Toastmasters will host a holiday open house Thursday, Dec. 17, 7-8:30 p.m. in classrooms B and C of the Piedmont Henry Hospital Education Building, 1133 Eagle’s Landing Parkway in Stockbridge.

The Henry County Toastmasters open house is this Thursday Special photo

Nationwide, the Toastmasters program has proven an effective tool for thousands of people wanting to improve their communication skills. The local chapter is no exception, according to a representative.

“Our members are from all walks of life. Toastmasters develops communication skills for both speaking and leadership. Leadership skills include listening in order to follow directions as well as directing. Stronger leadership skills can develop by serving on the executive committee. The advantage to Toastmasters is a club that is self paced. Our members benefit by the efforts they put forth. Communication skills are enhanced in all situations including family, church, and work.”

Other opportunities offered through Toastmasters include mentoring, competing in contests, development of evaluating skills and quick thinking. Skills developed here help in a variety of situations such as networking and job interviews.

Toastmasters International recently released its list of “7 Most Buzzworthy Speeches of 2015.” They include:

• Beck’s acceptance of a Grammy Award for Album of the Year, when he kept his composure while thinking he might be interrupted by Kanye West.

• J.K. Simmons winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and reminder to “call your mom. Call your dad, if you are lucky enough to have a parent or two alive on this planet. Don’t text. Don’t email. Call ‘em on the phone. Tell them you love them, and thank them, and listen to them for as long as they want to talk to you.”

• Apple CEO Tim Cook’s commencement address at George Washington University, during which he implored the graduates to follow their values as they seek a career.

• David Letterman’s farewell during the last of his 6,000-plus episodes of late-night television during 33 years.

• Caitlyn Jenner’s acceptance speech upon receipt of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the EPSYs.

• Mohammed Qahtani of Saudi Arabia as he beat out nearly 30,000 other contestants from more than 100 countries to win Toastmasters’ 2015 World Championship of Public Speaking.

• Viola Davis after becoming the first black actress to win the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

A representative of Henry County Toastmasters called all of the above speeches “inspiring, thought-provoking and emotional” while singling out Simmons’ Oscar speech and his advice to speak directly to parents rather than email or text. “The art of speaking is diminishing due to technology which is a concern for Toastmasters,” she said.