A toast to talking

“My name is Love, and I have sex almost every day … almost on Monday … almost on Tuesday…”

That’s how one of our newest members, Love Browne, opened her first icebreaker speech at our meeting on June 3. It definitely broke the ice. Her opening was from a speech by one of her favorite speakers, Wayne Dyer.

“Thank goodness!” I thought.

Toastmasters is an international club where it’s fun and exciting to practice public speaking. “Public Speaking” is not only for large crowds. It can be speaking one-on-one or to a few people. Kauai Toastmasters now has two clubs on island located in Lihue and Kapaa. Our recently started Kapaa club has quickly grown from eight to 25 members.

Terry (Lihue member) says she likes Toastmasters because it’s a unique experience to get to know everyone through their speeches. Terry has been a member since 2015 and her first language is Korean. You don’t have to be an expert at English to join.

English is my first language and like some of us, I grew up speaking Pidgin English. Those kine speeches is mean, too!

I joined Toastmasters to feel confident talking to people I hardly knew and to be able to stand up in front of anyone and get my point across clearly and confidently. I’ve already greatly improved since joining in April 2015 and rarely use the word “um” these days!

Many people on Kauai could benefit from Toastmasters, especially for those that have a position where speaking publicly is required to relay information. I believe any position that requires speaking to others falls under this category.

Everyone is invited to join the fun. Check out our meetings that are free and open to the public. Guests are always welcome and there is no limit to how often someone wants to attend as a guest. For more information, call Lihue Club President Don Kolenda (808) 631-8291 or Kapaa Club President Tom Lodico (808) 635-5404.

Kauai Toastmasters Schedule: Lihue every second and fourth Tuesday of the month from noon to 1 p.m. at the Liquor Control Conference Room in the county building. Kapaa every first and third Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kapaa Neighborhood Center. Information: www.toastmasters.org

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Kela Caspillo is in charge of public relations for East Kauai Toastmasters Club.

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