By Penny Nilsen and Tanya Turner

Toastmasters shared the benefits of the program with more than 200 Saskatchewan Government Employees Union (SGEU) members at the union’s Saskatoon convention recently. Penny Nilsen and Tanya Turner proved by successfully speaking to such a crowd that Toastmasters does indeed help to grow confidence and improve public speaking skills.

Penny, an instructor at Great Plains College in Warman, joined Toastmasters in 2014 to improve her communication in the classroom. “Toastmasters is the most economical and supportive professional development program available,” she says.

Penny’s now just a few projects away from achieving the highest Toastmasters designation – Distinguished Toastmaster. Toastmasters is not only a channel to support Penny’s speaking but also expands her network while cultivating leadership and entrepreneurship skills.

When Tanya joined Toastmasters in 2016, she was nervous to speak in front of a dozen colleagues at Sask Polytech. Now, she’s continuously growing her confidence and improving skills through supportive club members providing feedback, using the Toastmasters International self-paced learning tools and practicing regularly at club meetings.  “Improvement and learning happens with every speaking opportunity and through the support of fellow Toastmasters,” Tanya says.

In the SGEU presentation, they encouraged anyone interested in finding their voice, improving communication skills and developing leadership skills to consider Toastmasters.