DISTRICT AWARD: Lennox Head Toastmaster Charlie Starrett recently won a district award for his public speaking.
DISTRICT AWARD: Lennox Head Toastmaster Charlie Starrett recently won a district award for his public speaking. Contributed

Charlie is the toast of Lennox Head

LENNOX Head Toastmaster Charlie Starrett has come away from the recent district convention with an award that is difficult to attain.

He won the Evaluation Control Award, in which the judges took a close look at the presentation of his speech, including things such as eye contact and presentation style.

Though he no longer lives in the area, his gong is a boost for the Lennox Head Toastmasters group and its 14 members.

New member Catherine Dalli-Astley said she had benefited from the advice Mr Starrett has been able to provide to improve her public speaking skills and confidence.

She joined Lennox Head Toastmasters to meet people as she was new to the area.

But she was surprised at the number of locals who had never heard of the international organisation, which had more than 357,000 members worldwide.

At a Toasmasters meeting, members prepare presentations of between five and seven minutes, and also prepare for the impromptu two-minute speeches on random subjects.

Ms Dalli-Astley said the groups were very supportive, without judgment, and the aim was to improve public speaking skills and the flow-on effects of improving self-confidence and leadership skills.

It is well known that public speaking is feared by many.

"Everyone is very nervous,” Ms Dalli-Astley said.

But she said public speaking was a skill that needed to be practised to improve.

She particularly encouraged school-leavers, university graduates or those who were looking for work to join Toastmasters as a way of improving interviewing skills.

The Lennox Head Toastmasters group meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Club Lennox from 6.45pm.

Phone Charmaine Priestley on 0419 625285 for more information on the Lennox Head club.


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