THE thought of public speaking sends many people into a cold sweat of fear and apprehension — technically, it’s called glossophobia.
It’s an issue that Rostrum clubs have been confronting since 1930 by teaching people skills to help overcome their fear.
Warrnambool’s Rostrum has helped hundreds of people since forming in 1958 with the then Standard editor Bruce Morris as a founding member.
Next month the club will hold an information night to recruit new members and teach them the finer arts of standing on a podium to deliver speeches or conduct meetings.
“A lot of people don’t realise the club exists,” Rostrum publicity officer Steve Giblin said.
“I found it a huge help in running meetings.
“Members come from all parts of the community and have diverse careers.
“Past members include two mayors, doctors, school teachers, businessmen and women, tradies, farmers and students.
“Our youngest current member is only 13 years old, one of the youngest in Victoria.
“We have about 20 members and meet twice a month.”
The April 2 information night starts 7.30pm at the rear of the Southern Way offices at 181 Fairy Street.