Public Speaking at the HSG -
Toastmasters St. Gallen
Effective Communication. Leadership. Improvisation.
As the semester is underway, we will continue with the weekly meetings - please stay up to date with the club's events with the calendar below :)
The Toastmasters Club Experience
You are interested in growing your public speaking skills in an open-minded and supportive community? Learn how the club can be your first step of an inspiring journey.
Charles Schwalt Chan,
Bachelor of Arts HSG Economics
As a Bachelor’s student, I had difficulty connecting to my peers and doing academic presentations with confidence, since these skills were never actually taught to me. I could not speak with honesty or precision.
Toastmasters has turned me into a confident speaker and a better listener. People around me have commented on how more attentively I listen to them, making them more comfortable talking to me about personal topics. Moreover, I was able to conduct study meetings and presentations more precisely, getting my point across clearly in a short period of time.
Master of Arts HSG Accounting and Finance
I never gave many presentations at the university, so I knew that I sucked at it, but did not know whether it was my lack of talent, training, or both. Since I was in my last semester and had to practice for job interviews, I wanted some certainty.
Joining the club prepared me well for spontaneous discussions and job calls. It boosted my confidence and helped me discover and work on my weaknesses. Most importantly, I believe that public speaking and taking the lead are valuable skill that transfers to many aspects of life. At Toastmasters you can grow your comfort zone and get an unfair advantage in stressful situations.
PhD Insurance Economy
Public speaking was actually my deepest fear. As I knew I could not run away from it, I decided to embrace it.
Through practices in Toasmasters, I’ve conquered my stage fright, gained a lot of experience, and learned useful techniques, which are super powerful for my conference presentation and provide a solid bedrock for my professional career.
CEO of a consultancy for FutureFIT Leadership
I joined Toastmasters St.Gallen a year ago to improve the ways I deliver my purpose and messages to the world as an entrepreneur. I received a warm welcome and I love the diversity of our group in terms of nationalities, age, background and levels in professional speaking.
To my great surprise, as an introvert I have started to enjoy being on the stage and feel more confident. I am receiving compliments from my customers and collaborators on my public speaking skills.
I started to enjoy the freedom of using different tactics to engage the audience and speak consciously. Practicing every week really makes a difference.
some of our
Members in Charge
Treasurer & Secretary: Jana Mareckova
VP Public Relations: Julius Zinser
VP Membership: Keanu Ryan Gladish
President: Helena Catarina Palma da Neta
Sergeant at Arms: Hilarie Burke
VP Education: Alessandro Cupolo
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