Local Toastmasters Club to Host Open House Featuring Award-Winning Speaker and New Education Program

Award-winning speaker, speech coach, and Pleasant Speakers member Jatika Manigault will present at the local Toastmasters club’s Open House, February 25, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m., at Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union – 2nd Floor Community Room, 847 Coleman Blvd., Mt. Pleasant.

MT. PLEASANT, S.C., February 15, 2019— Pleasant Speakers, a local area club of Toastmasters International, invites the public to an open house on Monday, February 25, at 6:00 p.m. to experience an award-winning speaker and learn about the new Pathways education program for communication and leadership. The new program combines a modern curriculum of 10 learning paths and certifications with the proven, supportive club environment.

During the course of a Pathways education, members now have the opportunity to learn more than 300 unique competencies. Dynamic new projects include persuasive speaking, motivating others, blogging, conducting online meetings, podcasting, ethical leadership, managing a group in a difficult situation, and more. As club members progress through Pathways, they:
- Practice and improve their communication and leadership skills, receiving feedback from other members,
- Challenge themselves to build and refine certain competencies, and
- Complete projects to earn badges that contribute to Toastmasters International’s new certifications.

“Pleasant Speakers Toastmasters provides a positive and energizing environment,” said Craig Van Sickle, president for the club. “With Pathways, we have a modern, blended learning program that will help everyone progress faster in improving their communication, ranging from day-to-day interactions to speaking in larger groups, as well as important leadership skills to enhance careers and community service.”

With light refreshments available, the open house will include a prepared speech from award-winning member, Jatika Manigault. The meeting will also feature a standard format with opportunities for members and guests to participate, including in Table Topics™. This popular, fun section features volunteers giving a one-to-two minute speech in response to a provided question or prompt. The short, impromptu talks are one of the best skills to master, as Table Topics enhances daily communication.

Open House: Pleasant Speakers Toastmasters
Date: Monday, February 25, 2019; Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Location: Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union – 2nd Floor Community Room, 847 Coleman Blvd., Mt. Pleasant

Pleasant Speakers meets on the second and fourth Mondays each month. There is no cost to attend, and no prior experience or previous club membership is required to join.

For more information, visit www.7783.toastmastersclubs.org or email Clark Thompson at rclarkthompson@comcast.net.

About Toastmasters International
Toastmasters International is a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., the organization's membership exceeds 332,000 in more than 15,400 clubs in 135 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders.
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