Sheridan Trafalgar’s Toastmasters club is partnering with the Sheridan Student Union to hold an improv game night at the Marquee on February 7th at 7:00 p.m.
The event is called “New Year; New You: Improv Game Night.” It features improv game competitions, speeches, and networking breaks. Entry costs $5 and tickets can be purchased on the SSU event page or at the Marquee entrance when the event begins.
The club holds meetings every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in room G202 to help people develop public speaking skills. The club’s vice president, Zach Gray, said the club can help students prepare for co-op interviews.
“We wanna make sure that people come in and then they get more confident in speaking, and the best way to do that is usually with the improv games, so we make it more theatre,” said Gray.
Mashaal Effendi is the secretary for the Humber College Lakeshore Toastmasters club. He said everyone has an underlying, latent voice but expressing one’s self verbally is a difficult thing to do.
“Toastmasters allows you to practice [speaking publicly] in a very safe, non-judgmental space, and more importantly, while empowering yourself you will build some long-lasting relationships that you never even thought you would,” said Effendi.
However, Toastmasters isn’t limited to Humber and Sheridan. It’s an international non-profit organization that has been around for about 100 years. There are over 16,800 different Toastmasters clubs with 358,000 members across 143 countries. Most clubs have around 20 members and meet for about an hour once a week.