Benefits of Toastmasters

Gopi Kallayil speaking

If the corporate headquarters of Google was to suggest you do something, would you?

Gopi Kallayil is Google’s Chief Evangelist for Brand Marketing. In the April 2017 edition of The Toastmaster magazine, he was described as an active Toastmasters member for more than 20 years. The article also describes his reason for joining, “to become a more confident, articulate and persuasive communicator.”

Google sponsors nine clubs around the world. One is at its corporate headquarters. The article presented that so many Google employees are called on for presentations, that there is a high emphasis on communication training. Toastmasters is one… Read Full Post »

Aurora Colorado Toastmasters Club

More than 350,000 current members today once walked through the door for the first time to at least one of 16,000 Toastmasters clubs around the world and made the life changing decision to join. The process of joining a Toastmasters club is made simple when following these steps.

  1. Commit yourself to one full year of active membership to a Toastmasters club. Planning to only being part of Toastmasters for a month or two, or until you begin to feel more comfortable presenting, will shortchange your experience. It would be like deciding to learn how to ride a bike, but only… Read Full Post »

Gain Confidence

There’s no better New Year’s resolution to make than to commit yourself to becoming more confident. Achieving self-confidence will improve your life in so many ways.

One of our members quit smoking because he no longer needed the “crutch” that smoking offered.

Another overcame her life-long fear of being visible to people after battling a paralyzing eating disorder since childhood.

Another had a great business idea but was held back by fear of rejection during the sales process. Six months later, his side-business was making enough money to allow him to quit his day job to pursue his business full-time!… Read Full Post »

I can tackle anything photo

I joined Toastmasters because I was faced with presenting at a conference on compassion fatigue and depression in veterinary medicine. I was asked to tell my own story, and I feared that I would not be able to do so without excessive, distracting emotional outbursts.

Toastmasters gave me the courage to stand up and speak my own truth, to celebrate my individuality in a public forum, and to own emotion as a way to connect with my audience. I learned that audiences want to see the emotion and understand what I’ve been through. Hiding that wasn’t necessary.

This practice in… Read Full Post »

Why should you practice your public speaking and presentation skills at least once per week?

Stress and anxiety image related to public speaking

The short answer to this question is because speaking and presentation skills are developed over time. You can’t just read a book or take a 3-session speech class and expect much of your skills to improve or last. Speaking skills must be practiced ongoing or your skills will start to fade.

For ongoing speaking practice and improvement in a supportive environment, Toastmasters clubs are still one of the only options. Many people have thought about visiting a Toastmasters club but just haven’t taken that next… Read Full Post »