Toastmasters is one of the best training opportunities for people in terms of cost and value
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Buffalo, NY (Vocus) August 26, 2009
Approximately 14.5 million Americans are currently unemployed today, with a national unemployment rate of 9.4% according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Employed and unemployed Americans alike face a myriad of employment, financial, social and health related issues and concerns in today's economy - a situation that calls for developing new abilities and sharpening existing skills.
Survey after survey shows that presentation skills are critical to success in the workplace. Equally important are the skills and confidence to give constructive feedback to a peer, employee or friend.
Toastmasters International offers consumers a way to increase their interpersonal skills; sharpen leadership and communication skills; gain other valuable transferrable skills that are useful in today's competitive job market.
On November 6th and 7th, 2009, Toastmasters International District 65 will host a Leadership and Communication Conference at the Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel in Niagara Falls.
Surveys show that most people would rather die than talk in front of a live audience. Three out of every four individuals suffer from speech anxiety - but that doesn't have to be! Learning how to speak with humor can increase confidence and help build connections with people. Practicing Improv can help prepare us to deal with unexpected situations. Come to our Friday Night Improv Event and our Saturday Evening Humorous Speech Contest to get a look at the Lighter Side of Public Speaking!
Conference attendees have a choice of nine educational workshops on such topics as:
- Andy Dooley - Show Me The Funny;
Never Put Your Audience to Sleep Again! Motivational Speaker and Spiritual Comedian, Andy Dooley, shares the inside information to creating comedy in your daily life as well as in your presentations.
- Clint Cora - The Life Champion in You: Overcoming Challenges, Achieving Success;
'Kick down' Barriers to Achievement and Reach New Heights of Success! Speaker, Author and Karate Champion, Clint Cora, will inspire you to overcome challenges as well as achieve goals in a way that only a Karate World Champion can.
- Bill Kirby and Nancy Movrin - Begin at the Beginning
First Impressions are Everything! It takes you just three seconds to form an opinion about a new acquaintance. Bill Kirby and Nancy Movrin will show speakers and presenters how best to use those three seconds to connect with their audiences.
- Boris Mahovac - On Line Marketing: From Contacts 2 Clients
Is your web site the Internet's best kept secret? Today, more than 70% of all sales begin as research on-line. Attendees will learn specific strategies to boost business results in any economy and in any type of business.
- and many more!
These events and more are available for the low cost of $20. Registration increases to $95 if meals are included. Conference details can be found at the Conference Blog: http://d65fallconference.wordpress.com.
Toastmasters International (http://www.toastmasters.org) is a nonprofit organization founded by Ralph C. Smedley in 1924. Dedicated to helping people improve their communication and leadership skills, Toastmasters has grown from one club to 12,500 clubs, which are home to over 250,000 members in 106 different countries across the world.
"Toastmasters is one of the best training opportunities for people in terms of cost and value," said Lisa A. Lundy. "For the money, you will hard pressed to find such an extraordinary way to inprove your professional skills in a fun environment." Lundy is the author of The Super Allergy Girl™ Allergy & Celiac Cookbook and has been participating in Toastmasters since 2003.