by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Rutledge
6/20/2014 - YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- One
way to become a confident and skilled public speaker is through
repetition. The Fussa Speakers Toastmasters Club gives its members
exactly that -- plenty of practice.
For 40 years, the club has been strengthening its members' public
speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure, non-retribution
atmosphere. It continues this tradition at 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
every 2nd and 4th Friday each month at the Yokota Base Library's
"The FSTC is associated with Toastmasters International, and is one of
more than 120 English-speaking clubs throughout Japan," said Mr. Michael
Breazell, 374th Communications Squadron resources supervisor and FSTC
division governor. "Today, you can't be a good leader without strong
communication skills, so our club offers a supportive and fun
environment to hone those skills."
The local club is tied directly to Toastmasters International, which has
approximately 340,000 members in more than 30,000 clubs and 120
Breazell said the club could even help advance enlisted and officer
military careers. FSTC members are often requested to speak at events
such as commander's calls and briefings, allowing for experience-gaining
"The FSTC has helped me a lot since I first joined in 2013," said Thomas
Eaton, FSTC member. "Not only was I enthusiastically welcomed to the
group and had the opportunity to fine-tune my public speaking skills, I
have also competed in two international speech contests against other
clubs in the region and that was really exciting!"
The ability to speak clearly and confidently can help propel military
members to the next level in their careers. If interested in joining the
FSTC, email the organization at firstname.lastname@example.org.