The Art of Speaking

Learning to listen

Jun 28, 2017 / 3:00 pm

By Ross Freake Terror turned into terrific for OChristy Wiley when she joined the Penticton Toastmasters Club. "I was looking for a venue to overcome my...

Goal-setting strategies

Jun 10, 2017 / 12:01 pm

How I became an Accredited Speaker (This article appeared in Toastmaster magazine) By Eldonna Lewis-Fernandez In September 2015, I submitted my application to...

Great story, wrong hero

May 27, 2017 / 11:00 am

Audiences are getting tired of My Struggle and Your Lesson talks (This article appeared in Toastmaster magazine) By Jack Vincent So you’re preparing for...

A champ at listening

May 13, 2017 / 6:00 am

Wade Peterson did a mini fist pump as he walked onto the stage to accept the award as the best listener in Southern B.C. He had just won the Toastmasters...

Talking up a challenge

Apr 29, 2017 / 11:00 am

I was visiting Toastmasters to see if I wanted to join, when mention was made of a speaking competition. I always protest when people say I am competitive, but...

Talking on the edge

Apr 21, 2017 / 3:00 pm

Reen Rose and Wade Paterson have something to prove this weekend. The two Kelowna AM Toastmasters are division champions who won the right to compete at the...

Talk your way to success

Apr 10, 2017 / 1:00 pm

By Katharine Hansen What could you accomplish if you could present your point of view more persuasively? Whether we are motivating workers, conveying...

Champions at talking

Mar 31, 2017 / 9:00 pm

Reen Rose and Wade Paterson are Toastmasters Area champions. The two will represent Area 83, which covers part of the Central Okanagan, and their club, Kelowna...

Primal fear of rejection

Mar 18, 2017 / 11:00 am

By Glenn Croston Surveys about our fears commonly show fear of public speaking at the top of the list. Our fear of standing up in front of a group and talking...

Life lessons from a master

Mar 4, 2017 / 3:00 pm

By Ross Freake Dana wants to talk like Ted — except for the Irish accent. Dana Nease had been a Toastmaster for 10 days when she met Ted Corcoran, former...

Talking tips from Ted

Feb 4, 2017 / 6:00 am

By Ros Hansen “People have learned to talk. They have not learned to communicate. That’s why Toastmasters is so important.” It’s Ted...

Best bang for your buck

Jan 28, 2017 / 3:00 pm

By Scott Young Of all the organizations I’ve joined, Toastmasters has had the greatest positive impact on my life. The benefits of membership extend far...

Tough decision changes life

Jan 21, 2017 / 11:00 am

By Sandy Magee For over 20 years, I vowed I would face my debilitating fear of public speaking. Conveniently, I always had a great excuse for not following...

Resolve to listen better

Jan 11, 2017 / 3:00 pm

Resolve to be a better communicator in 2017 By Alan Warburton When considering New Year’s resolutions, getting over the fear of public speaking often...

Glossophobia can be beaten

Dec 31, 2016 / 3:00 pm

Want to overcome your chronic glossophobia? Toastmasters can show you how. Many people afraid of public speaking - glossophobia - never confront that demon...

Tips on talking

Dec 24, 2016 / 11:00 am

Making like a boy scout is a good way to get ready for those talks you want to avoid. Preparing for a speech is one of the best ways to ensure you give an...

Learn how to breathe

Dec 19, 2016 / 8:00 am

How do you breathe? Unless you’ve had voice lessons or athletic training, most likely your breathing is shallow, misdirected, and lacking in control. ...

You can learn to talk

Nov 26, 2016 / 8:25 pm

By Ross Freake For many people, death is not the No. 1 fear (it’s No. 5), public speaking is. Something as simple as standing in front of a group and...

Master of the show

Oct 29, 2016 / 11:00 am

By Rae Stonehouse Being an effective emcee is an art. Much of what happens at an award-presentation ceremony is done behind the scenes before the spotlight...

Mastering the introduction

Oct 22, 2016 / 3:00 pm

By Rae Stonehouse Have you ever heard this said? “Our next speaker needs no introduction …” Well, if that’s true mister/madam emcee,...