Jimboomba Toastmasters host Dare to Speak six-week workshop in March

SPEAK UP: Andrew Wills takes to the podium at Jimboomba Toastmasters.

SPEAK UP: Andrew Wills takes to the podium at Jimboomba Toastmasters.

A six-week communication course is starting soon in Jimboomba for anyone who wants to settle those public speaking nerves.

Dare to Speak is a series of two-hour workshops hosted by Jimboomba Toastmasters starting in March.

Toastmaster Marty Pouwelse said speaking confidently was not just about delivering a keynote to a thousand people.

"It also means presenting at a business meeting, conversing socially with friends and hitting your boss up for a pay rise. There are even benefits for personal one-on-one interactions," he said.

He said toastmasters also taught people how to present an impromptu talk with confidence.

Andrew Wills, 39, is a former business owner and budding entrepreneur. He was looking for a way to represent himself and his business in a more professional and confident way.

"I didn't realise just how much my existing communication style was holding back my ability to share my ideas," he said.

Before joining, Mr Wills already felt like he was a confident speaker.

"Now, not only has the quality of my interactions with my existing network improved, but I'm having some great conversations with people that I wouldn't have had the confidence to talk to before.

"I've learned that Toastmasters has helped me improve my communication with everybody. Even my wife says that listening to me share my thoughts and feelings is not as irritating as it used to be," he said.

Dare to Speak sessions are $10 each and spaces are limited.

Contact Jean on 0416 209 104 or visit jimboomba.toastmastersclubs.org for details and to register.

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