On the first and third Thursday of each month, Pastor Jermaine Johnson travels a round trip of 170 kilometres to be part of the JN Articulators Toastmasters Club meeting experience at the JN Financial Services centre in Catherine Hall, St James.
As a motivational speaker and pastor, he’s keen on accessing the training that Toastmasters provides that will help him to achieve personal and professional development in public speaking and leadership.
“I always look forward to the meetings. The learning environment is supportive, and I receive valuable feedback about how to improve my presentations. The evaluation process is presented in a positive manner to encourage improvement,” he said.
Johnson, who is the communications, education and music director of the North Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, has been a Toastmaster for almost two years. Last year, he emerged as the National Table Topics Contest winner, and then first runner-up in the International Speech Contest for Jamaica this year.
Jermaine is one of more than 450 Toastmasters in 30 clubs across Jamaica who are refining their public speaking and leadership skills.
Faith Ellis, president of the Sagicor Life Jamaica Toastmasters Club and a lecturer at the Vocational Training Development Institute, also relates to the value of being a Toastmaster.