Newly-elected Paihia Toastmasters club president Mark Lagerstedt is keen to pass on the skills he's learned at his local Toastmasters group.

Lagerstedt joined Toastmasters in 2002 while living in Oamaru to break his fear of public speaking.

He joined the Paihia club when he moved to the Far North and, along with mastering the art of public speaking, he has gained valuable leadership, communication and time management skills.

He has also learned how to run meetings and delegate tasks.


"The first challenge is the icebreaker speech and mine was way off-topic," he said.

"But as I gained confidence, I learned

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