Registration under way for free teen speaking course

Registration is under way for a free seven-week course designed to help teen-agers become better public speakers.

The Toastmasters Youth Leadership course is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays Oct. 4 through Nov. 15 at the Mesa County Libraries Central Library, located at Fifth Street and Grand Avenue in downtown Grand Junction.

The workshop-style course, open to teen-agers ages 13 to 17, will help participants become good communicators and develop strong speaking skills.

Teens will learn to overcome nervousness when speaking to an audience, organize and present ideas logically and convincingly, listen carefully to others and offer advice to help others improve their speaking skills.

Individual sessions will cover presentation of speeches, impromptu talks and discussion and practice in listening, speaking and  the use of voice and vocabulary.

Participation is limited to 25 teens, and each participant will receive individual attention and have the opportunity to gain practical experience.

Materials used in the training are produced by Toastmasters International and are provided by the local Advanced Toastmasters Club.

Registration is required. Sign by calling Mesa County Libraries at 243-4442 or by visiting the online events calendar located on the website at www.mesacountylibraries.org.

For more information, contact Hannah Evans at 683-2411 or hevans@mcpld.org.