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Local Toastmasters host inspiring film 'SPEAK'

Author, Johns Creek resident Kene Iloenyosi serves as keynote speaker at JC Presbyterian

LaShunda Rundel is one of the “stars” of the documentary “SPEAK,” which chronicles her tale of overcoming obstacles to compete in the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking. (click for larger version)

Johns Creek resident and author Kene Iloenyosi is the keynote speaker at the Toastmasters event.
October 03, 2012
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Atlanta MasterCrafters Toastmaster Club based in Johns Creek will host a public screening of "SPEAK," a documentary film about the fear of public speaking and five people who overcame that fear to compete in the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking.

This movie has inspired many around the world from Australia to India, France to South Africa, Canada and now the United States, said Johns Creek resident and Toastmaster Devery Adair.

Local residents will have an opportunity to view one of the few exclusive and free screenings in the state at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at the Johns Creek Presbyterian Church, 10950 Bell Road, Johns Creek.

"SPEAK" follows the journey of five people who take on their fear of public speaking – the world's No. 1 fear – and succeed beyond their wildest dreams.

In addition to overcoming their personal demons about speaking in public, the five individuals also overcome life's hurdles great and small. The go on to participate in the largest speech contest in the world, the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking.

Adair called the film funny, inspiring and moving.

"I think it will be an inspirational event. It's what Toastmasters is all about. 'SPEAK' tells a story that is about hope, perseverance, faith and transformation," Adair said.

Serving as the keynote speaker is Kene Iloenyosi, Toastmaster District 14 governor for 2011-2012 and author of "Finding Your Sweet Spot."

The event begins with refreshments served at 6 p.m. during the networking social. The 90-minute documentary will follow. Then, Iloenyosi will give his testimony of what Toastmasters has meant to him.

Adair, a Toastmaster member for a year, said she joined to make herself a better communicator at work and to learn the principles of leadership that she could also apply at work.

"That is what Toastmasters does. It makes you a better communicator and helps you be a leader in your profession," she said.

Reasons for joining are as varied as the members themselves, she said. Some join to overcome shyness. Some join because English is a second language for them and they wish to become more proficient.

Other participants want to learn how to motivate others. Sometimes, businesses and organizations sponsor their own Toastmasters club. Adair, an accountant at the Department of Revenue, said there is a Toastmasters at her workplace.

To RSVP to Atlanta MasterCrafters Toastmasters, log in at amcvpofpublicrelations@gmail.com to reserve a seat.

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The Atlanta MasterCrafters Club meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. at Johns Creek Presbyterian Church, 10950 Bell Rd in Johns Creek.

The club is part of District 14 – Georgia Toastmasters. District 14 covers the state of Georgia and is made up of more than 300 clubs and 6,000 members. For information, visit www.AtlantaMasterCrafters.com.

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    October 10, 2012 | 05:53 PM

    How can we get a screening of that her in columbus. Or do you have dates, times & place of other upcoming screenings?

    Pauline Sommers, ACB, ALB
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