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Chrissy Schroeder (middle) poses with her Division E Club President of the Year 2018-2019 Award with Chris Boyk and Elaine Sommer at the New Lenox Toastmasters 10-year reunion meeting Oct. 26. Photo Submitted
Sean Hastings, Editor
8:00 am CST November 7, 2019

It’s a fear that many have: public speaking. For whatever reason for some people, who may be confident in just about every aspect of their lives, all bets are off when they step foot in front of a group of people. 

Am I rocking back and forth? Yep. Are my hands shaking? Yep. Now I’m talking way too fast — time to slow down. How often am I saying “like,” “um,” or “you know?” Where am I at in my speech? This is a trainwreck. 


I love this club. I won Table Topics three times. My thoughts run a gazillion times a minute and when you go out there on that stage, it's like you are on another planet or something. There is nothing like it. It's addicting for me. I truly love it. I visit other clubs when I travel and everyone is so open and so accommodating. It's like joining an exclusive elite secret club.

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