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About Karen Martin

I was shy, growing up.  I found socializing awkward because I was so self-conscious.  In my mid-thirties, a teaching colleague convinced me to join a public speaking organization, Toastmasters International.  They helped me to improve my communication and leadership skills. It changed my life.

In my early years with Toastmasters, I competed in speech contests placing first, second, and third at the highest level, District.  I learned many valuable skills: how to engage your audience, speak authentically, and have stage presence. I am pleased to share this expertise with you.

As a retired high school teacher, I enjoy working with others to improve their communication skills.  When I am not doing this, I am outdoors enjoying hiking, biking, and canoeing.