Hervey Bay Toastmasters Lorna Gale (left), Gail Stewart, Val Kelly, Alison Taylor, Dot King and Sue Downey are looking for some male input into the group.
Hervey Bay Toastmasters Lorna Gale (left), Gail Stewart, Val Kelly, Alison Taylor, Dot King and Sue Downey are looking for some male input into the group.

More men wanted for speaking group

ALL Hervey Bay Toastmasters want for its silver anniversary is men, and plenty of them.

Hervey Bay Toastmasters secretary Sue Downey said the public speaking club, which tonight celebrates its 25th birthday, is suffering something of a man-drought.

“We definitely need men to come, from 18 years up. Preferably younger would be good because they've got new ideas,” she said.

She said of the club's 26 members only five were men, and the 21-woman majority meant topics often skewed towards women's issues.

“A lot of the women find we can't really talk about men's things and the men don't talk about women's things,” she said.

Ken Lee, who will receive a badge commemorating 15 years at the club at tonight's celebrations, agreed.

But he said that was one of the benefits of being a bloke in Toastmasters, and a lot of the things he's learning about women would have come in handy years ago.

“We learn a lot about women, what women want. But mainly, we learn about what women don't want,” he said.

He said the cultural exchange wasn't a two-way street, and the men were happy to learn the secrets of the fairer sex without giving away any of their own.

“We hold up our end for the male population, because we don't tell them anything. We don't let them in on any secrets at all,” he said.

All joking aside, Ms Downey said there were many benefits of being a Toastmasters member, especially for men.

She said along with learning how to craft a good speech, Toastmasters could give people the confidence to be able to do everything from a father-of-the-bride speech to a business presentation.

“It builds up your confidence as far as speaking to other people, being around other people and talking to different groups of people,” she said.



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