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Lincoln-Way Toastmasters sends Four to Area Contest

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Two local speakers, Hayward Suggs and Michael Timmons, from Lincoln-Way Toastmasters recently received first and second place respectively in their chapter’s International Speech Contest and will be heading to Kankakee for the second round of contests. Laura Carroll-Debolt and Renee’ Perry received first and second respectively in their chapter’s Evaluation Contest and will also be heading to Kankakee on March 31st.

Hayward loves being involved in the International Speech contest because as he puts it he, “enjoys the turbulent intensity team support and the actual feeling of improving as a speaker. The competition really forces us to work on the details and provides a means of improving exponentially. Of course it's nice to win but even when I lose its fun. It's also fantastic seeing your colleagues give great speeches and cheering them on.”

Mike became involved in the contest because, “contests are the opportunity to challenge ourselves at a higher level – to test our skills under a bit more pressure. You can certainly feel your heart beating a little harder and your pulse running a little faster. I've found that the more I get "up in front" of an audience, the more my confidence grows. Toastmasters has done great things for this former very shy guy.”
The Lincoln-Way Toastmasters is a local chapter of Toastmasters International, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping its members overcome the fear of public speaking while enhancing their communication and leadership skills.

Toastmasters is open to all individuals over 18 years of age. The Lincoln-Way Toastmasters meeting is held at 7:30 P.M. on the first and third Thursday of each month at Lincoln-Way East High School. The meetings follow an organized agenda and gives everyone an opportunity to speak and listen more effectively.

Toastmasters is free to attend and membership fees, should you decide to join, are nominal. If you have any questions, feel free to check out Or, you can call Thad Gray, at 815-464-4414.

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