Dilys Bayes

  I joined Eastbourne Speakers’ Club in 2012, mainly to meet new people and improve my social skills – I could bluff my way through any small talk scenario but inside, I was quaking.

During my working life, I had often stood up and spoken to groups of people so I was shocked to realise just how much I was learning at the club, not just from the feedback on my own speeches but also from that given to other members. Everything is done in such a friendly and supportive way that I am always left with the feeling that I am making progress. I am discovering a whole new world of communication.

Toastmasters has completely changed my life: friends that have know me for a long time comment on how much more confident I am; I’ve also made some wonderful new friends at the club. The atmosphere is so sociable that I always leave meetings with a smile on my face. I recommend Toastmasters to everybody.