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Fantastic Festive Event - Mulled drinks, Stollens, Candles, Winter Woollies & Gifts
SHOP EARLY FOR XMAS
LIVE MUSIC ( Xmas singsong at 11.30)
Delicious baking, confectionery, sausages,
Fresh, succulent fruit / veg. & local artisan produce,
Gourmet Food stalls, C4 co ee, wide array of crafts & gifts
Weekly Market with Special Themed Events Every Month....
& Craft Market
The Country Market
with Community at its Heart
EVERY SATURDAY 10 to 1
• what• when• where
you'll find it here!
TV2 KidsFest comes to Selwyn
Over 30 events to choose from,
happening right on your doorstep these
July school holidays.
Check out pages 83--91 of the TV2 KidsFest
booklet. Copies available at your library or
Council Service Centre or go to
Bookings now open
Go to www.dashtickets.co.nz or
phone the event coordinator listed.
WHERE LEADERS ARE MADE
Have to speak!!!
Don't know how to prepare?
Gain self-esteem in a supportive environment
Improve communication and leadership skills
With 40+ clubs in Christchurch, Nelson / Marlborough, West Coast, Ashburton /
Timaru to choose from there's a club nearby to suit you.
Ph: 0800 PEOPLE (0800 736 753)
Come along for Fun,
Leadership and Education
Say itwell withhelp from Toastmasters
By JEFF LILLY
Building confidence: Speaking in front of others is a skill that can be developed in a safe and
supportive atmosphere through Toastmasters.
We are often required to speak in front of
others, and frequently hear someone starting
their speech with the expression,
''Unaccustomed as I am...'
Many folk have the impression that making
a speech is limited to formal occasions, when
in fact it is only part of a much larger area of
skill -- that of communication.
We comfortably interact with work
colleagues every day, and this sometimes
requires a certain structure. Indeed, many
people have roles in which addressing others
is an essential function.
Just going for a job interview can be a
daunting prospect; we need to make a good
impression on the interviewer and
demonstrating good expressive skills is a
These things aside, expressing oneself
effectively in a variety of settings is important,
and we would all like to be able to do it well.
It is also an essential ingredient of leadership.
In October 1924, a group of men assembled
by Dr Ralph C Smedley met in the basement
of the YMCA in Santa Ana, California, United
States, forming a club ''to afford practice and
training in the art of public speaking and in
presiding over meetings, and to promote
sociability and good fellowship among its
members.'' The group chose to take on the
The concept grew, and today there are
some 13,500 clubs in 116 countries, although
it may surprise you to know that there are
more members pro rata in New Zealand than
in any other country. There are more than 40
clubs in the upper and central South Island,
which means that there is one near you.
Toastmasters is dedicated to providing a
supportive environment in which people feel
safe to take the steps needed to improve their
communication and leadership skills.
A Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing
workshop in which participants hone their
speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure
atmosphere and at their own pace.
There is no instructor in a meeting. Instead,
members evaluate one another's
presentations. This feedback process is a key
part of the programme's success.
Division governor for the upper South Island
Debra Taylor-Hayhurst explains that feedback
comes in a three-fold manner: commendation,
recommendation, commendation (CRC), which
means positive encouragement and
informative feedback. Meeting participants
also give impromptu talks on assigned topics,
conduct meetings and develop skills related to
timekeeping, grammar, and even to
If you can mention on your CV that you
belong to a Toastmasters' Club, any
prospective employer is sure to be
Cost is affordable as well -- all this for a fee
of $15 to $20 per month (costs vary from club
to club) -- and the benefits are formidable.
If you are interested, log on to:
toastmasters.org.nz and click on the Club
Finder quick link at the top right of the page.
The international site (toastmasters.org) is
excellent. Using the Club Finder there, you can
locate the address of a nearby club, contact
details and meeting times, and there is also a
You can also contact Debra Taylor-Hayhurst
directly on 021 863 877, email:
firstname.lastname@example.org, or dial
0800 PEOPLE (736 753).
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