Siouxper speakers honoured as advanced communicators
Tim Brody - Associate Editor
Rebecca Perry and Stuart Cummings have reached new heights as orators.
On March 1 Perry and Cummings, members of Siouxper Speakers Toastmasters Club in Sioux Lookout, received their Advanced Communicator Silver certificates from Toastmasters International.
“You do 10 speeches in order to get your Competent Communicator Award,” Perry explained. “From there, you do your Advanced Communicator Bronze, which is another 10 speeches. Then this award is the Advanced Communicator Silver, so that’s another 10 speeches on top of that.”
Perry said Toastmasters has definitely made her a more effective communicator. “I’m a lot more confident giving speeches now and a lot more willing to give speeches.”
Cummings agreed, stating, “I’ve learned a lot of things that I’ve done wrong in the past and tried to correct them. If you’ve ever listened to, especially radio commentators or television commentators, the number of ahs, errs, ums… it’s phenomenal.”
Cummings, Siouxper Speakers vice-president of membership, explained these are crutches a lot of people use when speaking.
“I had to learn to cut those down. To get my thoughts organized before I gave a speech. There’s nothing wrong with pausing for a second,” he noted.
Reflecting on past speeches he has given to achieve this level of distinction, Cummings shared, “Most of my speeches are personal experience speeches. You don’t have to do research on them. You don’t have to memorize them. They’re part of your life experiences.”
Siouxper Speakers meets every second Thursday at 7 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church. The next meeting will take place March 22.
“People can just drop by if they are interested. There is no pressure to speak if they don’t wish to,” Perry, Siouxper Speakers club president, explained.
Commenting on her time with Toastmasters, Perry shared, “It’s been fun. It’s been a social thing for me. Along the way I’ve met lots of interesting people. I was a member of clubs in Scotland and in Bermuda before I moved here. It’s a nice way to meet different people.”