A month has passed since New Year resolutions were all the talk. You remember; committing to exercise and better eating habits, the most popular of resolutions.
This is understandable as Christmas and New Year celebrations tend to involve food, sitting, and more food. But there's a resolution that you likely didn't think about, but should act on – and it's not too late!
Although resolutions focussing on heathy lifestyle choices are admirable, have you ever thought about committing to better communications?
That's right, resolving to speak!
It has been said that, for a large number of people, speaking in public is one of the hardest things to do. In 2012 Forbes noted that public speaking is one of the most common fears known to humanity, and that it “prevents many people from achieving their potential”.
If this is you – the person who clams up in front of a group, the person who's knees shake at the thought of standing in front of audience, or the person who's stomach feels invaded by butterflies every time you have to say something in front of others – then consider yourself fortunate!
Why? Because there's a group in Neepawa dedicated to providing a safe place to help you overcome the fears and difficulties of public speaking.
Meeting in the backroom of the Neepawa Public Library every Thursday, at 7 p.m., the Yellowhead Trail Toastmasters Club is a small but devoted group of individuals who, together, help each other overcome the fear of public speaking, develop habits for effective communications, and provide practical guidance and tools to engage in public events.
Club meetings are open to the general public, and guests are always welcome.
So instead of having your knees shake and the butterflies randomly flitter the next time you're called to speak in public, join the Yellowhead Trail Toastmasters Club and learn how to make those butterflies fly in formation.
Call Carl Teichrib at 386-2888 for more information.