Ever heard of Glossophobia? It's the fear of public speaking.
Statistics show 75% of the population suffers from speech anxiety. In other words, a majority of men and women are afraid of public speaking.
If you're here because you dread public speaking and want to overcome your fear - you're in good company. If you're among the fearless 25% and want to improve your skills - you've come to the right place.
For starters, we're going to let you in on one of the best kept secrets of debating: anyone with an opinion can debate. It's that easy.
Here's another reason to come on out: attendance is free.
Members and guests of the Toronto Debating Society practice their public speaking and powers of persuasion by covering a variety of issues.
We explore topics ranging from politics, science, religion, medicine and music, to Looney Tunes, love and current affairs.
Whether you want to step-up to the podium, speak-up in a business meeting, or simply learn how to state your mind -- c'mon out and visit our club.
Here are 3 easy steps to get involved:
Step 1: Introduce Yourself
Guests are always welcome.
You can pop in and watch our debates as often as you like. You need to become a member to sign up for official debating duties, but we have a few options for guests who want to try it out before committing.
At the beginning of each meeting you will have the opportunity to say hello and tell us a bit about yourself.
Step 2: Say a Few Words
You can speak during the impromptu speaking session without being a member.
We throw out a random topic and everyone has 60 seconds to comment.
Participation is optional.
Speeches are not evaluated.
Step 3: Watch a Debate & Give it a try
Twice a year the Toronto Debating Society hosts a Mini-Debate Marathon that is open to guest participation.
These debates are shorter than parliamentary style debates and do not require any preparation.
Each person picks a topic during the meeting and speaks for, or against, it for 2-3 minutes.
Each participant gets a chance to respond to their opponent.
Mini-debates are not adjudicated.
Check out the 'Debating Cheat Sheet' to help you get familiarized with terms and procedure.