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Inspired by Obama? Develop Your Public Speaking and Leadership Skills at Amesbury Park Library

January 25, 2011 | Jorge | Comments (8)

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Surfing the internet last night, I came across snippets of Barack Obama’s latest public speech.  His words were truly inspirational. I wondered to myself how was he able to commemorate the lives of those taken away in the Tucson shooting earlier this month while still being able to motivate Americans on striving to be better in their private lives?

The answer is one which I deduce from Malcolm Gladwell's powerful book, The Outliers.  I highly doubt that Barack was born with this skill, instead it’s likely that he developed it through thousands of hours of practice coupled with mentorship and training. 

If you are inspired by Barack’s public speaking skills, you can develop them too!  Amesbury Park Library is offering a toastmasters club targeted for teens between the ages of 12-17.  The service is delivered by Toastmasters International, a not-for-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills.  Certification is given to those who successfully pass the program, some of the best public speakers in the world were certified by Toastmasters International.

The program will restart in the early spring, see program details for more information.

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