It is often stated that one of the biggest fears many people have is speaking in public or in front of others. Yet, being able to express an opinion, present a proposal and make a difference most often requires the ability to speak in a logical and confident manner.
One of the absolute best ways to become comfortable speaking in public, and to improve your speech overall is to join a Toastmasters Club. Toastmasters International is an organization with the purpose of helping people improve their speaking skills. It has over 345,000 members in 142 countries with almost 16,000 clubs globally.
I have been a Toastmaster for 5 years and have not only improved my ability to speak in public but have made many wonderful friends. Club meetings are organized and supportive. There are established programs to complete, at your own pace, and designations to earn. The highest designation is that of Distinguished Toastmaster. Earning this designation requires a lot of work and provides a great sense of accomplishment.
If you google Toastmasters and the name of your city or town you will most likely find more than one nearby club. Visit several as each is unique in its own way though all follow specific programs. I assure you that you will meet wonderful people with all levels of public speaking experience, all there wanting to support you in improving your public speaking skills and to learn from you.