she recalls, “and I realized I needed
more than a glass of wine to settle my
nerves. Speaking in small groups was not
a problem. But when it came time to give
a presentation in front of a larger group
of people, that really made me nervous,
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A lot of people have a paralyzing fear
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“There was one speech I remember think-
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sweat? I think I grew new sweat glands.”
She even recalls a time, in her early days
in Toastmasters, when “I couldn’t speak,
then I giggled and then I fainted.”
Everyone works at their own pace
at Toastmasters meetings. What can be
expected is an atmosphere of complete
warmth and acceptance.
“The only requirement we do have,”
says Levesque-Pharoah, “is [the] Toastmaster’s Promise. We just ask people to
be prepared for meetings and attend regularly. Integrity, respect, excellence and
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