Tackle the perils and pitfalls of public speaking with Toastmasters

Would you do just about anything to avoid giving a speech? Maybe speaking in front of a group gives you that deer-in-the-headlights look of dread. If so, Toastmasters can help.

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of groups. The Johns Hopkins at Eastern Toastmasters Club is a welcoming community of JHU/JHHS employees who strive to strengthen these skills in a relaxed yet productive environment. Members meet twice monthly—at noon on the first Thursday and at 4 p.m. on the third Wednesday—in Room C150 at Johns Hopkins at Eastern, where parking is free.

Consider attending an upcoming meeting as a guest before deciding if membership is for you. Grab your lunch (snacks provided) for a noontime meeting, or drop in for a 4 p.m. meeting and head home from there. Many managers classify attendance as a professional development endeavor, eliminating the need for employees to use personal time away from the office.

Upcoming meetings are at noon on Thursday, Jan. 5, and at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18. To RSVP for a meeting, email contact-3688804@toastmastersclubs.org.

To learn more, view a typical Toastmasters meeting online and visit the Johns Hopkins club's website.

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