Nashviille, TN (PressExposure) May 03, 2007 -- First Class Flyers Toastmasters Club of Donelson, Tennessee was chartered by U.S. Postal employees nearly 15 years ago and is still flying first class today. This encouraging group of people is committed to self-improvement through becoming better communicators and community leaders.
The club follows guidelines set by Toastmasters International in which a certain number of speeches and projects must be given in order to earn the next level of accomplishment in public speaking and leadership. There are many levels a member must attain before reaching the final goal of becoming a Distinguished Toastmaster and earning the DTM Award.
Vice-President of Education, Sue Goepp, is working diligently to earn her ATM-Bronze before having to move out of Nashville for her job. âI will have to give a speech at every meeting to make my goal,â says Sue. âIâm only four speeches away and would like First Class Flyers to get credit for my personal accomplishment.â Each memberâs accomplishment counts toward the club reaching their Distinguished Club Plan goals.
Yvonne Perry, the owner of Write On! Creative Writing Services, has only one project remaining before earning her Distinguished Toastmaster Award. She plans to present the remaining educational leadership project from the Successful Club Series âHow to Conduct Productive Meetingsâ this summer, to which she will invite the public to participate. âI chose this project,â says Perry, âbecause so much of an employeeâs life is spent in boring meetings where nothing is accomplished. I feel that a session on how to conduct a productive meeting would be one meeting no one would mind attending if there was truly valuable information to be given.â
Thereâs no time wasted in a Toastmasters meeting. Every item on the agenda is addressed in a fast-paced manner as the meeting is facilitated by those who elect ahead of time to take a role. Participants practice giving prepared speeches as well as speaking impromptu on a variety of topics. This is done in a fun and uplifting environment for about one hour at noon on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.
Every member has a turn at the lectern each time the club meets. âThe only way to get over stage fright is by facing it head on,â says Jeff Long, a Mortgage Officer for JPMorgan Chase Bank. âWe rotate being the emcee, the topics master, the evaluator or speaker so no one has to do it all and everyone gets a chance to practice each aspect of conducting a meeting. Jeff completed the requirements for his Competent Communicator in less than one year.
One of the goals of the club is to grow its membership by at least five members each year. Membership in First Class Flyers Toastmasters Club is open to anyone wanting to improve their self-esteem, increase confidence and advance their leadership and communication skills. The group meets at Aquinas College in Century City. For directions or more information call 615-405-2324 or visit the clubâs Web site at [http://fcflyers.freetoasthost.org/index.html] .