HLAA member Robin Itzler is forming a new Toastmasters club in Cypress. The Something Gained club is open to everyone who wants to improve their communication skills and gain new-found confidence when speaking. Whether someone is entering the job market, looking for a new position or has their sights on a promotion, gaining that something extra like good communication skills can make all the difference.
The club will also benefit people with personal challenges. From shyness to hearing loss, to limited vision or stuttering, to English being a second language or just being frightened to speak in front of others, Itzler stresses not letting your ‘something’ hold you back from achieving success.
“Everyone has a challenge they are dealing with that makes getting to the starting line harder,” explains Itzler. “The challenge could be physical, mental, financial or imagined. While that is important it is more important to make sure you don’t let it hold you back. My challenge is having a hearing loss.” She frequently reminds people that every time they talk, it’s public speaking–all that changes is the size of the audience.
The Something Gained club will meet in the comfort of the Cypress Public Library’s meeting room at 5331 Orange Avenue, Cypress, CA on the third Saturday of the month from 10:15 to noon. The next meetings are November 19 and December 17. Reserve your seat by emailing Robin Itzler at Robin@MotivateYourSomething.com.
About Toastmasters: For nearly a century, Toastmasters International has been helping people of every background, education level and economic standing develop the competency they need to become effective communicators and inspired leaders. It is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Membership is affordable: $20 new member fee, then $27 for six months plus any nominal club expenses.
About Robin Itzler: Robin, a bilateral hearing aid user, has worked in some facet of marketing/communications since 1976 and currently works full time in the pet health insurance field. She and her husband own Royal Care Pet Sitting, where she also handles the marketing. In 2010, Robin started Purrfect Bark, a public speaking program at her company. She is an officer in the Toastmasters Bre’ahs club where she has broken club records earning various award levels.