Livingston speakersLivingston Speakers was set up last year by husband and wife team Stephen and Pauline Dix.

The idea was to provide a forum for local people to develop their communication and leadership skills, and to improve their confidence and self-esteem.

The club meets fortnightly on Thursday evenings from 6.45pm to 9pm at West Lothian College.

Membership is open to anyone over the age of 18, and guests are welcome to attend 3 meetings, free of charge, to get a taste of how the club works.

Livingston Speakers is the second Toastmasters club in West Lothian; sister club Linlithgow Speakers was founded back in 2004. And there are several other Toastmasters clubs throughout central Scotland. The same warm friendly welcome awaits guests at every club.

So how does the Toastmasters program help its members?

Colin Williamson, a professional storyteller and lifelong dyslexic, credits the club with helping him to add structure and clarity to his speeches and with improving his sense of timing through the famous Toastmasters traffic-light system.

Stephen Dix, co-founder of the club and a stammerer, gained confidence through the program to overcome his fear of speaking in public, and now gives regular educational presentations at the club, and also speaks at promotional events where he encourages others to share the benefits of the program.

Livingston Speakers is holding an Open Evening on Thursday 6th November 2014.

“Fire Festival Fiesta” will focus on the twin themes of Halloween and Bonfire Night.

Fancy dress is optional as is the chance to take part in the impromptu speaking session after the break.

Guests are most welcome to come along and enjoy an educational night with a difference.

Venue: Studio 3, Terrace 3 & 4, West Lothian College. Date: Thursday 6th November. Time: 6.45pm-9pm.

Check out the club website for more information.

About Toastmasters International
Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations.

Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization’s membership exceeds 292,000 in more than 14,350 clubs in 122 countries.

Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people of all backgrounds become more confident in front of an audience. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit Follow @Toastmasters on Twitter.