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Toastmasters ponder honesty

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Would you agree or disagree that honesty is the best policy? Sharon Young shared insights on that topic in her speech at Wednesday’s Toastmaster meeting. Members and guests, between bouts of laughter, were given pause to ponder the wisdom of always speaking the truth.

Saturday, Sharon will join contestants from Thompson Falls and Plains when she delivers her speech, “Honesty: The Best Policy,” at the Area 15 Humorous Speech contest in Thompson Falls. The winner will advance to the Division A Contest in Helena Oct. 13.

The meeting theme was “words.” Words have the power to hurt and to heal. One member pointed out that at Toastmasters meetings, words are used to affirm, to encourage and to up lift the participants.  It is a place to practice communication skills in a safe, friendly and often fun environment. People have the misconception that Toastmasters is for professional speakers commonly referred to as “public speakers.” Instead, Toastmasters originated as a means to help young men be better prepared for the work place. Speaking well is important for everyone, parents, business men and women, bus drivers, mother-in-laws, doctors and nurses, you, me, your friends and neighbors. Do you know someone who utters “um” or “you know” in almost every sentence they speak? Toastmasters can help reduce those fillers. Do you know someone who feels insecure about expressing their thoughts? Perhaps that someone is you. Toastmasters helps build self-confidence in a safe, affirming atmosphere.

This is a good time to invest in yourself by joining and participating in the Toastmasters program. The cost is minimal — $36 for six months membership includes a manual and a monthly magazine chock full of valuable helpful information. That is a bargain. Bring a friend and come to the Ronan Tribal Senior Center at 6 P.M. Oct. 10 to check out what Toastmasters can do for you.

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