Moose Jaw’s Big Country Toastmasters is hosting a distinguished performance storyteller and author who will speak about “the awesome power” of storytelling and folklore and how they are important elements of culture.
Dr. Caren Neile is the author of six books, contributes to Toastmaster magazine and appears on a weekly public radio program called “The Public Storyteller.” A former Peace Corp volunteer, former chair of the National Storytelling Network and a member of the Florida Humanities Speakers Bureau, Neile has taught storytelling studies at Florida Atlantic University for more than 20 years.
Neile will give her presentation during Big Country’s meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at Saskatchewan Polytechnic at 7 p.m.
“Most people know of Toastmasters as an educational program that helps improve your public speaking skills, but it’s so much more than that,” said club president Lorna Arnold.
“(Big Country) Toastmasters has a phenomenal history of providing people from all walks of life (with) the tools to become more empowered, effective and energized. Storytelling is an important component of the education and communication programs offered by Toastmasters.”
The club is inviting people to learn about it and what Toastmasters has to offer. People are welcome to attend every Wednesday in person at Sask. Polytech or online via Zoom. Interested participants can email the club at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Neile’s presentation — and all Toastmasters’ meetings — are free and open to the public.
One aspect of the Toastmasters’ program is its Pathways initiative, which helps members build the competencies they need to communicate and lead in a range of situations, Arnold said. Highlighted by interactive, customized and flexible learning, Pathways offers expanded skill development and competencies that users can apply in their careers, personal lives and community.
Some skills that the program develops include effective coaching, enhancing listening skills, improving communication skills, boosting team collaboration and guiding successful teams.
For more info, visit https://bigcountry.toastmastersclubs.org.
Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from various backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders. For more information about Toastmasters clubs, visit www.toastmasters.org or follow it on Twitter/X.
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