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Toastmasters to sponsor seminar series


May 25, 2005 - The South County Toastmasters will sponsor a "Smart Communication 2005'' seminar series during June at the Best Western 55 South Inn, Interstate 55 and Meramec Bottom Road.

The series will be offered at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays — June 1, June 8, June 15 and June 22 — and will include the following modules, according to a news release:

• June 1 — "Overcoming Nervousness and Fear,'' presented by Tom Krauska, and "Speech Mechanics: Adding Style to Your Content,'' presented by Dave Domian.

• June 8 — "Organizing Your Speech: Road Map to Success,'' presented by Anita Selley, and "How to Conduct an Effective Question and Answer Session,'' presented by Dick Shields.

• June 15 — "Running Effective Meet-ings,'' presented by Bill Collier, and "Get-ting to the (Power) Point,'' presented by Steve Flick.

• June 22 — "Making the Sale'' presented by Joe Redman, and "Awards: the Art of Giving and Receiving With Style,'' presented by Jim Ruzicka.

South County Toastmasters is celebrating its 30th year of service to the St. Louis area as a communications development and leadership training community resource.

Many of its accomplished members and award-winning public speakers will serve as hosts at these training modules, according to the news release.

Some of the South County Toastmasters actively involved in "Smart Communica-tion 2005'' have high praise for the career value and personal enrichment the Toast-masters International program offers, the news release stated.

"Today, more than ever, being successful in business or the local parent group requires us to be able to put our ideas into words and make those words mean something," South County Toastmasters Presi-dent Jack Bettag stated.

"A local Toastmasters Club like south county's will give you the help you need to shake the fear of public speaking and learn to articulate your ideas forcefully and effectively in an audience-friendly style,'' he added.

Susan Walden, a professional businesswoman and parent, stated, "South County Toastmasters helped me grow professionally and personally.''

"Through the support of caring, encouraging club members, I can now speak confidently in front of groups in different community settings," she added. "I am much more comfortable giving presentations at work. And Toastmasters has helped me with my interviewing skills — something everyone can benefit from.''

Carl Hendrickson, retired south county state legislator and community activist, stated, "Toastmasters really helped me in my professional and government careers, as well as my personal life.''

A member of the Missouri House of Representatives for eight years and a retired attorney from AmerenUE, Hendrickson stated in the release, "Toastmasters really helps you learn how to communicate cleverly, succinctly and in an effective speaking style.''

For additional information about South County Toastmasters "Smart Communications 2005'' seminars or Toastmasters International, call (314) 894-0357.

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