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Friday, September 29, 2017

Interview with a member of the Oaklands Toastmasters Club

Tell us a bit about yourself?
I am husband of over 12 years and a father of a four year girl. I was born in Aranui, Christchurch and have lived in South Africa and Sydney, Australia. I have done the whole tri-nations tour. I work in IT doing computer security for Datacom and their customers.

Josh giving a speech at Oaklands Toastmasters
Josh giving a speech at the Oaklands Toastmasters Club
Why did you join Toastmasters?
I noticed that when I was job hunting, even in IT, being able to speak smoothly is more important than the technical skills and experience in computers that I have. I appreciate how Toastmasters has encouraged me to grow and has taught me many things about speaking both in theory and in practise. When I was recently asked to speak at a school expo to parents and students, I could call upon my Toastmaster skills to explain and present topics and idea competently.

What would you say to someone who is interested in Toastmasters?
Everyone should consider it. “No man is an island “. Good communication is the foundation to good relationships. Toastmasters gives you a safe playground to test and learn communication skills and you will be better for it.

What surprised you about Toastmasters?
Toastmasters is extremely supportive and there is a strong give-it-a-go attitude. Every meeting is highly respectful and no one laughs at mistakes and everyone encourages each other to grow in their skills. Even after I froze when speaking, I was commended for getting up and I was given constructive tips how to improve for the next time.

What do you think Toastmasters brings to Halswell community?
Toastmasters are an established and proven learning ground for communication.
With every meeting, Oaklands Toastmasters builds confidence, social connections and skills, which is, what every community needs.

What is the Funniest / best speech you have done or heard?
There are many funny speeches and everyone gets an opportunity to speak each week. One of the stand out speeches for me was about global warming delivered by Darryl Gibson, it was backed up with a projector and slides. It was a very thought provoking and moving topic and was delivered with skill and intention.


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