Expert advice, support to help you find your voice

DOES the idea of standing in front of a room full of people make you feel unwell?

Have you ever avoided making a speech or presentation because you’re worried it just won’t be good enough?
Glossophobia, or the irrational fear of public speaking, is said to affect over 75 per cent of the world, with nearly a quarter of us finding it scarier than death itself.
Lidcombe Toastmasters know all too well the anxiety that can come along with public speaking but have learnt to not only master their fears but become great orators.
With over 16,600 clubs across 143 countries, the Toastmasters have been helping people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders, since 1924.
The group meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month in the private room of the Keighery hotel in Auburn, where they work on their skills and practise in a supportive and caring environment.
“We’re a public speaking group but what we actually do is build confidence, you can see that they (members) grow because things in their life change for the better,” Toastmaster Nick said.
If you’d like to learn how to control an audience as soon as you speak, advance your career or just get more out of life, visit to find your local club. – By Harrison Burns