OVERCOMING FEARS: Shalika Low joined Toastmasters to conquer fear of public speaking .
OVERCOMING FEARS: Shalika Low joined Toastmasters to conquer fear of public speaking . Contributed

Workshop aims to conquer common fear

NAILING that next presentation and conquering fears of public speaking are the goals of a master class next week where experts will pass down the tricks of the trade in speech making.

The Dalby Toastmasters club is hosting the Art of Public Speaking workshop on Tuesday, July 30, to help attendees identify where their fear comes from and provide techniques to overcome it.

Toastmasters member Shalika Low said the event would touch on topics like what makes a great speaker and overcoming nerves.

"We hope people can see how working on their pathways ... how it can assist them in their everyday life and how they can build self-confidence and leadership training. This is one of the cheapest ways to develop yourself.”

Ms Low joined Toastmasters about 12 months ago, after she spotted a gap in the personal skillset that was holding her back professionally.

"I had applied for a promotion at work and I was in a position where I wasn't able to talk up for myself,” she said.

"For me it was about being unable to pursue further career development because I was unable to back myself and I think having that self-confidence and being aware of how to present yourself in a professional environment is so important.”

Ms Low said she remembers the fear that most associate with public speaking all too well.

"Through my work, sometimes I do have to do presentations to a group and that used to be something that literally would keep me up at night wondering how it was going to go down ... so I definitely had issues with that.

"You could compare (Toastmasters) to a science lab, it's somewhere I can experiment and you can fail but it's not the end of the world, you're in a safe place with people that are really supportive and offer constructive feedback to help me develop further.”

More details, visit the Dalby Toastmasters Page.


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