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February 25, 2009 > Receive the gift of the gab from F.A.T. Toastmasters

Receive the gift of the gab from F.A.T. Toastmasters

By Meenu Gupta

At Newark's last City Council meeting, February 22nd -28th was designated as Toastmasters Week in Newark. Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that helps its members improve their communication and leadership skills while fostering self-confidence through club activities and conferences. David Koutney, President of the Faithful, Audacious, Teachable Toastmasters (F.A.T. Toastmasters) and Toastmasters Area Governor, was at the meeting to receive the proclamation.

Whether it is a job interview, or raising a toast at a cocktail party, the person who has the gift of the gab, more often than not, is more successful. Toastmasters provides its members the opportunity to participate in a fun and supportive group while learning to become a better speaker, leader and gain confidence.

"Evidence that the ability to communicate is becoming a more essential skill every day is overwhelming," says Koutney. Toastmasters International has developed a wide range of educational materials to support the worldwide membership of 235,000 members in 11,700 clubs throughout 92 countries.

"Toastmasters clubs are composed of individuals that are committed to developing improved communication skills. Members take an oath at the time they join a club to be mutually supportive, to pursue their educational goals and to maintain a positive outlook," adds Koutney. Not only does the club teach you what to say, when to say and how to say, it also tells you what not to say. A list of "banished words" is posted on the club's website.

Toastmasters clubs in the Tri-City Area have been holding club contests during the month of February. The F.A.T. Toastmasters, a club that meets in the Newark Public Library at 7:45 p.m. on Thursday evenings, will hold their club contest to select the best impromptu speaker and best inspirational speaker on February 26th.
Winners at the local clubs will advance to an Area contest to be held between 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on March 7th at the Fremont Adult Education Center located at 4700 Calavaras Ave., in Fremont. Guests are welcome to join.

Whether a person wants to develop greater self-confidence, acquire enhanced presentation skills or improve personal relationships, Toastmasters can help. There are mentoring programs, leadership opportunities and networking in addition to communication. "Participation includes positive evaluations, contributing to organized meetings and critical thinking," says Koutney.

For more information visit

Join the club by attending a meeting or watch it as a guest on

Thursday, February 26
7:45 p.m.
Newark Public Library
6300 Civic Terrace Ave.
Newark, CA 94560

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