New speech club coming to WKU

Hayley Hilbert

Toastmasters, an internationally-known speaking and leadership club, is coming to WKU.

Sam Stinson, who is in charge of launching the new program at WKU, is eager for people to become involved in Toastmasters.

“Toastmasters is a club open to students, faculty, and staff who are interested in growing in communication and leadership skills.” Stinson said.

Toastmasters currently has 13,000 clubs globally, with a membership of more than 270,000. Toastmasters meetings are learning-by-doing workshops in which members work on speaking and leadership skills without pressure, according to their website.

“Members of Toastmasters learn by giving speeches and by being evaluated,” Stinson said. “Everyone is provided with a chance to speak and a chance to evaluate.”

Elizabeth Westbrook, who serves as President of the Thoroughbred Toastmasters Club in Bowling Green, said she believes WKU is a great fit for Toastmasters.

“I am an employee of the University of Louisville working in Bowling Green doing outreach and education,” Westbrook said via email. “Louisville has an active Toastmasters Club and I believe that WKU would be an ideal location for a new Toastmasters Club.”

Toastmasters is having a demonstration on Tuesday in DUC 349 from 12 to 1 p.m. to kick off their club. Individuals who are interested but can’t make the demonstration are encouraged to email Stinson at [email protected]