SINT MAARTEN (CUPECOY) - Toastmasters International is an educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs Achieving the distinction of Distinguished Toastmaster, is a one that many Toastmasters strive towards, the local Cupecoy Sunset Toastmasters Club said in a statement on Tuesday.
After completing her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in School Counseling, she felt that she needed more self-development opportunities. She realized that her fear of public speaking and taking on leadership roles were holding her back from her passion of positively impacting and contributing to her community.
In September 2012, she joined the organization and she is now a dual member of the Cupecoy Sunset Toastmasters club and the CFBC Excellence Toastmasters Club in St. Kitts. Her Toastmasters experience over the years include: Vice President of Membership, Vice President of Education, Humorous Speech Contestant, Area Director and Club Sponsor. She attended a total of 3 district conferences which added to her Toastmasters experience! Attending her first district conference in St. Lucia in 2014 was life changing because she saw proof that the Toastmasters program really worked in developing people personally and professionally.
By challenging herself to be uncomfortable in a Toastmasters setting, she expanded her comfort zone. With her new found confidence she was able to actively contribute to her community through her work as a youth counselor, as well as, through volunteering in various organizations geared towards the youth and the community, such as, helping girls build their self-esteem and educating them about sexual health, promoting peace within schools, improving parent-child relationships and educating students about financial literacy.
“The quality of my life would have been different if I did not join Toastmasters which is why I encourage everyone to join the Toastmasters family!”