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CONTRIBUTION · 20th February 2011
Arjunna Miyagawa
When thinking about making a speech do you automatically get butterflies in your stomach? Do you get a bit nervous with just the thought of standing up in front of a crowd or even a small group?

When I looked up the word ‘Nervous’ on Wikipedia (not that I didn’t know the meaning of the word), it referred to the word 'Anxiety’ followed by the below meaning;

Anxiety is a psychological and physiological state characterized by somatic, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral components. The root meaning of the word anxiety is 'to vex or trouble'; in either the absence or presence of psychological stress, anxiety can create feelings of fear, worry, uneasiness and dread.

What Wikipedia did not mention was a possible cure to the symptom of anxiety that many people suffer when thinking about or making a speech. Perhaps they could add in a section called Toastmasters.

Terrace is very lucky to have its very own local Toastmasters group. Terrace Toastmasters is a group that helps individuals to develop public speaking skills as well learn to run meetings. They also offer competent leadership training.

For those unaware, the Terrace Toastmasters group is soon to be celebrating their 25th anniversary. The celebration is set to take place Wednesday, February 23rd starting at 7:30 in the Graydon Building on Keith Avenue. They are inviting community members to come and see what they have been up to for the last 25 years and perhaps join in on some of the activities.

For those interested, Terrace Toastmasters hold their regular meetings every second and fourth Wednesday from 7:30 to 9:30.

For more information on Terrace Toastmaster you can contact Randy Norman, President – mnorman,,,citywest.ca, or Leydi Noble, Secretary – lnoble,,,dlncon.com