No-one is understands more about the importance of public speaking clubs than Linlithgow Speakers President, Sheila Fraser. Sheila has had more experience than many and simply keeps on giving. This is what she says:
I joined Toastmasters in 2001, when there was only one club in Scotland. When Jim Boyd set up a club in Linlithgow, I was about to move to Bathgate. I joined him, to set up Linlithgow Speakers.
I am now a DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster). This is a series of Communication and Leadership projects. I have gained a huge amount from Toastmasters programme. It is not just the awards, you learn about other people’s passion in their speeches.
Personally if I want to learn more about a topic, I plan a speech. I have been an Area Director and Division Director for Scotland. There are now 16 Toastmaster clubs in Scotland.
What does the President do?
As President of Linlithgow Speakers, I support all the other club officers do their role/s. I host approximately 3 meetings a year to ensure our club runs efficiently. I have experience of most of the club officer roles, so can help out other officers if required.
I oversee the Distinguished club program and recognise members achievements.
I also speak at external events to help promote the Toastmasters brand.
At Toastmaster you can only hold this role for a year, so I will look for a successor to take over at the end of June 2018.
The importance of public speaking and leadership skills in today’s jobs market cannot be under estimated and it is my job to help our members develop these skills.