April 2019 SIETAR Kansai Co-sponsored with Osaka JALT : Upgrade Speaking Skills Through Toastmasters International

Speaker:  Ludlow Gibbons (Ritsumeikan University)

Date: April 28th (Sunday)

Time: 14:00-17:00

Venue: Nishinomiya Daigaku Koryu Center (ACTA East Tower 6F, Room 2). 2 minutes from Hankyu Nishinomiya Kitaguchi station (0798) 69-3155

Fee:Free for members and students; 500 yen for non-members

Language: English

Social event: Dinner after the session at a restaurant. Reservations for dinner required by April 26th. Contact: fujimotodonna@gmail.com

Description of the program:

Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Founded in 1924 and headquartered in Colorado in the U.S., the organization has more than 357,000 members in more than 16,000 clubs in 143 countries. It has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders.

In this presentation, the audience will be given an overview of Toastmasters International and Toastmasters in Japan. Stories about Toastmaster’s members’ experiences both inside and outside the Toastmasters environment and how those experiences have been personally beneficial will be shared. The audience will then experience a Toastmasters demonstration meeting. In addition, there will be an interactive workshop called “Thinking and Speaking on Your Feet,” a session which aims to help people practice their impromptu speaking skills. These skills will help people feel more confident in common, everyday situations.

Profile of speaker:

Ludlow Gibbons came to Japan from the U.S. in 1992 and has taught English at the elementary, secondary, and tertiary levels. He has been active in educational organizations and served as President of Osaka JALT and as a member of JALT’s Executive Board. He joined the Osaka Toastmasters Club in 1995 and has been actively involved in establishing clubs in Kansai, volunteering as an officer in the Toastmasters International organization, and occasionally participating in speech contests to maintain his public speaking proficiency.