Friday, January 24, 2014

You're Invited to a Toastmasters Open House on Monday

What does this have to do with the Franklin Inn? Not much, except I thought you might benefit from this group too. Open house details are at the end of this post.

Over the last 13 or so years, I have enjoyed our conversations via Facebook, Twitter, this blog, eInnSider email updates and our conversations at the restaurant. This is where I am comfortable.  Public speaking....that's a different story. Speaking in front of more than a small group...not what I want to do! It happens only when I have to or am forced to but I rarely volunteer. I forget what I'm going to say, use the wrong words, think of the things that "I should've said" afterwards, etc. I think this lack of confidence in my oral communication skills hinders my effectiveness in both my professional and volunteer work. Over the years, I've wanted to work on my speaking day...when I had time....until then I "delegate" public speaking to others who I feel are better at it.  

Well, a member of the Inn Group (the networking group that meets at the Franklin Inn), Michelle Hall, invited me to her newly formed Cranberry High Noon Toastmasters this past Summer.  She is the club's president, so I made the time and went to take a peek. Guess what?  I loved it and I now attend regularly.

I have met wonderful people, learned so much from listening to the other speakers (who are at various levels of speaking ability), and even worked up the nerve to give three speeches of my own. These speeches were met with encouragement and great tips to build upon. Since the meeting is only an hour long, its easy to fit in my schedule too.

There are a lot of "I"s in my writing above because I personally am gaining from my Toastmasters experience. Toastmasters might be a great opportunity for you to also equip yourself with tools to become a better communicator, speaker, and leader. Why don't you come to the Cranberry High Noon Toastmasters OPEN HOUSE meeting and take your own peek? And, then you can come to the Franklin Inn for lunch or a margarita afterwards. Bring a friend (to both places!).

Here are the details:

You are Invited to Experience a Toastmasters Meeting!
Visit the Cranberry High Noon Toastmasters Club

 Monday, February 3rd
Check In at 11:45am

Cranberry Municipal Building, Council Chambers
2525 Rochester Road, Cranberry Twp, PA 16066

RSVP: Click here!
All guests are welcome - it is FREE to attend!

For more information, visit the club website at:

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