Mountwest Community & Technical College will open its doors to the Huntington Centennial Toastmasters Club at the beginning of 2016. The club, which aims to help individuals improve their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere, meets the first and third Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. and will be sponsored by Mountwest’s office of Human Resources, Employee Development & Payroll. Established in 1972, the club has met in a variety of locations throughout the years, most recently at the Central Christian Church.
“We’re thrilled to host this group on campus,” said Karen Horner, instructional specialist of professional development & training at Mountwest. “No matter your major or profession, you can benefit from participating in Toastmasters. From leadership development to communication skills, networking to public speaking, there’s something for everyone to gain.”
Each meeting will include table topics as well as several prepared speeches with encouraging feedback from the group. The speaker chooses the topic except for the initial icebreaker, which is meant to introduce new members.
“Toastmasters is a place where we go to make mistakes,” said George Thornbury, Toastmaster member. “We’re all coaches, and we mentor each other in a warm, welcoming environment.”
The club is open to all individuals. Registration is $40 per 6 months plus a one-time $20 initiation fee. Individuals are welcome to attend the first meeting without first becoming a member.
For more information about joining the Huntington Centennial Toastmasters Club, contact Linda Hankins, president, at 304-380-8564 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Toastmasters International, visit www.toastmasters.org.