Air Force

April 25, 2014

Toastmasters hone speaking skills

STEPHEN DELGADO
Thunderbolt staff writer

How would you like to learn to think quickly on your feet and speak in public with confidence and authority? You may say to yourself, “There is no way I could ever be a public speaker.” There is a group at Luke Air Force Base, where one of the goals is to teach people to shed or at least control their fear of public speaking and learn to feel comfortable in front of an audience.

Welcome to the Luke Toastmasters. They meet from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday in Bldg. 1150 in the Mission Support Group Conference Room, 3126.

Numerous studies have shown the vast majority of people fear public speaking, and with Toastmasters, help is on the way.

Toastmasters offers its members various speaking venues such as table topics, which is a one-to-two minute speech on a variety of topics with the goal of enabling speakers to think on their feet by speaking to the audience with no notes. Table topics are a great way for the novice to gain confidence and move on to longer speeches.

What’s more, Toastmasters not only helps with speaking abilities, but can upgrade one’s leadership skills.

“Toastmasters can improve speaking and leadership skills, as well as offer someone the confidence to speak in front of an audience,” said Lynne Nutter, Toastmasters president. “Within a few weeks, a person will notice a smoother and more confident presentation, which can help someone in a job interview or an interview with a military board. There are also several leadership opportunities within each meeting such as evaluating a speech or becoming a club officer.”

Another benefit of Toastmasters is helping someone get rid of annoying quirks such as repeating, “you know,” “ah” and “um.”

Nutter related her experience with Toastmasters and said joining the club has really helped her confidence when speaking in front of a group.

“I am an outgoing person, but since joining Toastmasters, I am much more confident speaking to a group of strangers or people I’m meeting for the first time,” she said. “My speaking abilities improved so dramatically within the first six months of joining, that I participated in a speech contest and won at the club level.”

The club at Luke is in a drive to increase membership, and it is easy and inexpensive to join. The semi-annual cost is $42, according to Nutter. Luke Toastmasters is open to active-duty military, Reserve, National Guard, dependents, retirees and anyone with base access.

There are exciting events being planned for the near future for people to learn more about Toastmasters.
For more information, call Nutter at 602-740-6124 or Bill Bristol at 480-516-9998.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Courtesy Photo

Luke 1 holds first commander’s call

Courtesy Photo Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, begins his first commander’s call at Luke Air Force Base Monday. Pleus took command of the fighter wing June 20. Brig. Gen Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing com...
 
 
Senior Airman Marcy Copeland

Luke F-35 mission scores 100th sortie

Senior Airman Marcy Copeland An F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter makes an approach to land Tuesday at Luke Air Force Base. The fighter jet was concluding the 100th F-35 sortie flown at Luke. Luke Air Force Base launched ...
 
 
6-140821-F-LC301-007

Sponsoring Airmen makes big difference for them

A permanent change of station can be overwhelming for the Airman coming from technical training school or for the family who feels as though they have moved a thousand times, but having a sponsor can make all the difference whe...
 

 

Air Force News – August 29, 2014

New Mexico Airmen from every specialty completed a four-day deployment exercise Aug. 20 at Holloman Air Force Base as part of the Air Force Commander’s Inspection Program. Air Force’s CIP was rolled out 2013 and specifically focuses on the bases’ ability to rapidly deploy combat-ready Airmen and equipment worldwide. Romania Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base started...
 
 

People First – August 29, 2014

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. Call for...
 
 

Program smooths change from military to civilian life

It can be difficult to find work in today’s economy, even more so for families that are moving to a new area or families that are transitioning from military to civilian life. One program available to veterans is the Workforce Investment Act, which can help veterans have a smooth transition to civilian work. The 56th...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin