Tackle the perils and pitfalls of public speaking

Would you rather 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 clubs. 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 for an hour—at noon on the first Thursday and at 4 p.m. on the third Wednesday—at Johns Hopkins at Eastern, Room C150. The next meetings will take place on Nov. 2 and 15 and Dec. 7 and 20.

Consider attending an upcoming meeting as a guest before deciding whether 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. To learn more: