O’FALLON – The O’Fallon Toastmasters club put on a showcase of their club’s talent at their first Speech-A-Palooza.
Club President Linda Mitchell explained what Toastmasters is.
“Toastmasters is an organization where people can come to build their skills as speakers, as leaders, and as mentors. It’s a safe place to grow,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell said she first came to Toastmasters in order to help with her public speaking skills.
“I wanted a place where I could learn to be a better speaker and to be more confident, and as a result of joining the organization I’ve gotten a couple of jobs right on the spot in interviews because I exuded so much confidence. You can go as far as you want to,” she explained.
Speech-A-Palooza came about as a way to give the residents of O’Fallon a taste of what the club is all about and how it can be of service.
“When I became president, I said we need to make Toastmasters a household word in O’Fallon. If public speaking is supposedly the number one fear people have, people need to know immediately that they can go to their local Toastmasters club to learn to overcome that fear. This was our way of reaching out to the community about our club and what we’re all about,” Mitchell said.
Multiple members of the club are strongly considering holding another Speech-A-Palooza in the future.