Raye McNally

New to a country town in Qld in 1999 I was invited along to a ‘speechcraft course’ by a work colleague. I said yes, as I saw it as a way to expand my social network. It was great fun! I remember for my second speech singing Helen Reddy’s ‘I am woman’ as the introduction.

Then, after the speechcraft session I would be thinking of ideas for my next project speech, which, I based on the book ‘why men don’t listen and women can’t read maps’. Unfortunately, Toastmasters hasn’t made it any easier for me to read maps or improved my singing ability, but the supportative and friendly environment I felt at Toastmasters has encouraged me to further develop my communication and leadership skills. Eight years on in my journey and I have had many opportunities to learn and practice the wonderful art of public speaking, meet great friends, participate in competitions, take on leadership roles and even facilitate a speechcraft course.

The communication and leadership skills you will learn through Toastmasters will enhance your personal and professional life. You achieve at your own pace, there is no pressure, just fun, enthusiasm and encouragement. The beauty of Toastmasters is that it sets you up for success in every area of your life and its worldwide! I went into Toastmasters to expand my social network, and got so much more, you will too. So come along, and have some fun and check out your local Toastmaster Club.