Sunday, 14 February 2016 20:37

Getting the message across

The Limassol Toastmasters are holding their first inter-school public speaking competition at Limassol’s Heritage Private School on March 6.

Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organisation that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of 15,400 clubs in 135 countries. Limassol has had its own Toastmasters Club since 1994 and its meetings are typically attended by around 30 members and guests.

The aim of Toastmasters is to provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.

The first Limassol Toastmasters Inter-School Public Speaking Competition will allow young people to practise their communication skills according to Toastmasters International Standards.

There are three speech topics to choose from: Persuasive Speech, Inspirational Speech and Humorous Speech. Each school can participate with a maximum of three students per age group, one for each topic. The age groups are 13-14, and 15-16. There are no entry fees, as this is event is a fully sponsored event.

“We are really excited to offer this opportunity to Limassol’s youth and help them realise and improve their speaking skills,” says Hana Fakir, one of the event’s organisers.

All entries must be received by email to Toastmasters Limassol by February 19. Details can be obtained by contacting Anne Parker, Sergeant of Arms at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Limassol Toastmasters

The regular Toastmaster meetings are conducted in English and attended by members of many different nationalities and open to all adults (over 18). They are held at Limassol’s Crowne Plaza Hotel every third Thursday and participants arrive at around 7pm, to help themselves to the extensive buffet and start the meeting at 8pm.

The format of the meeting includes the introduction of guests, a brief business session, word of the day, a humourist that will amuse, table topics and prepared speeches.

Occasionally guest speakers are invited to attend the meetings and club speakers (members) periodically conduct education and training sessions for the benefit of fellow members.

“Guests are always welcome to join,” says Toastmaster President Donna Pearson “our meetings are a fun and very effective way of gaining confidence and skills in public speaking.”

Details about upcoming meetings and contact details can be found on their website or via their Facebook page Limassol Toastmasters Club.

Article as published in The Cyprus Weekly of February 12, 2016 

Mary Anglberger

I’ve been travelling the world for over 20 years teaching English and am now taking time to follow my passion for photography and writing. I want to share all the things, events and people that have inspired and inspire me and spread those positive vibes all around.

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