Recently I did some research into public speaking. I am wondering if there exists some kind of class for it within the Orthodox community. I have not found one.
However, I was told to go to a Toastmasters program. I looked at their site and they are all over the place. Has anyone had any experiences with a Toastmasters program? Does being Orthodox effect anything? What was it like? Do you know of anything similar?
There is a frum one in Boro Park for women.
If this does not suit you, you can always contact the organizer to start one in your community.
There is a Jewish Toastmasters on the Upper West Side. E-mail them for more info. Westsidetalkers at yahoo dot com
Yes, there is a lot of handshaking. I still encourage professionals to go, and to make their ice-breaker speech about why you wont shake with the opposite gender. It should win you the understanding and support you need to participate without compromising on handshaking.