The Columbia Public Library has received an award for Communication Achievement from Toastmasters International, District 8, Division E. The award is presented to individuals or organizations not affiliated with Toastmasters International who have made extraordinary contributions to communication and leadership excellence. Presentation ceremonies will be held during the Heartland Division Toastmasters Leadership Institute, Saturday, February 1, 10 a.m. at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.
The Columbia Public Library began its cooperative agreement with the Mid-MO Advanced Toastmasters Club #9940 to offer the High Performance Leadership Program in 2009. Initially, the series was to last for one year, but has continued with classes scheduled into 2014.
The workshops in this series are held quarterly and cover leadership development, effective listening skills, critical thinking and conducting productive meetings. Programs are presented by members of Toastmasters International for education credit toward certification in advanced public speaking skills. The library provides workshop space and promotion.
The next workshop, "Winning With Words"  will be Saturday, February 15 at 10 a.m. in the library's Virginia Young Room. All workshops are free and open to the public.