Butler Toastmaster raises glass to public speaking


Butler Toastmasters Club’s Sam Walsham.
Butler Toastmasters Club’s Sam Walsham.

SKILLS learnt through the Butler Toastmasters Club have helped member Sam Walsham venture into the competitive public speaking realm.

After winning the regional speaking contests, Mr Walsham earned one of eight places in the WA finals for the World Championship of Public Speaking.

With the help and support of fellow Toastmasters, he has improved his public speaking skills and gained confidence, in delivering his message as well as body language and purposeful stage movement. “I spent many of my high school years teaching myself to overcome a fear of public speaking,” he said. “By the end of high school I had learnt to manage the fear and even began to enjoy it.

“I joined Toastmasters a year ago and in that time I have learnt more about speaking than in five years teaching myself.”

While the Butler resident did not win the WA finals, he has started preparing for the 2017 contest season.

“With the advice, encouragement and experience of my fellow Toastmasters my confidence has skyrocketed leading me to not only have the desire to become world champion but believe it is an attainable goal,” he said.

The Murdoch University student has also taken on the role of vice-president of public relations at the club.

For more about the Butler Toastmasters, email almarietm@gmail.com or visit www. butler.toastmastersclubs.org.