I decided to join Toastmasters International because I need the experience to speak in front of people. I noticed that my mind goes blank whenever I need to say something in front of a group. Although I had no problem sharing testimonies in a Bible study setting, I am always nervous. At a Toastmasters meeting, the opportunity is given to say something. I am assigned different roles each time, and I have noticed that I am not as scared anymore. I have gained confidence in performing my role whether I am the Toastmaster of the evening, a general evaluator, speech evaluator, a timer, a listener, ahh monitor or a Table Topics Master.
Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. The organization has more than 345,000 memberships. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 15,900 clubs in 142 countries that make up the global network of meeting locations. Their mission is to empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.
The district mission is to build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence. The Club mission is to provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.
I belong to St. Andrews Speakers Club located in Plano. http://standrewspeakers.toastmastersclubs.org/ You are welcome to check it out.
I have completed the Competent Communicator manual which required me to give ten speeches. The members are very helpful and supportive. I am very grateful for their heartfelt encouragement and evaluation.
I am growing with confidence and forging new friendships. Our common bond is the desire for personal improvement. Since this is not a religious organization, there is no judgment regarding anybody’s spiritual level. Anybody is free to be them. Everybody listens. It is good for the soul and very refreshing.
My Competent Communication Manual Speeches:
- Project #1: THE ICE BREAKER
- Project #2: ORGANIZE YOUR SPEECH
- Project #3: GET TO THE POINT
- Project #4: HOW TO SAY IT
- Project #5: YOUR BODY SPEAKS
- Project #6: VOCAL VARIETY
- Project #7: RESEARCH YOUR TOPIC
- Project #8: GET COMFORTABLE WITH VISUAL AIDS
- Project #9: PERSUADE WITH POWER (I still need to find my notes)
- Project #10: INSPIRE YOUR AUDIENCE
Check out a Toastmasters Club near you…you will be glad you did!