A few years ago I thought – I have some public speaking to do.
It just so happened that I got hold of some information – and that led me to Toastmasters International.
If you are reading this from US or Canada I have no doubt you will know the organisation I am talking about.
If, on the other hand, you are reading this from the UK then you might not know them.
What has fascinated me ever since I became involved is the way in which you will change as you develop with these “guys”, and I trust you do realise “guys” means men and women.
Public Speaking is one of the things that utterly terrify some people. It can terrify you, but you can overcome that fear and you can speak in public, and as you do your confidence grows. As your confidence grows – who knows where that might take you.
But there is a price to pay. You will have to step outside of your comfort zone. I don’t know about you, but when you do step outside that zone I like to do that first in a safe environment. The entire experience is a learn by doing.
Learn by doing is all very well, but how do you know if you are learning the right things. Keep practising, and you will get good at what you are practising.
In the picture are Dec with Meg. Meg keeps starting clubs and is responsible for Eastbourne, and from that came Battle and then Lewes and most lately Worthing club. Next to me is Claire – from South Africa. She used to be a member at Eastbourne and went back home to her native SA. But when this picture was taken we were all at the Division H Speech Contest and she just happened to be in the country – so she came to see us.
The second element you will find at Toastmasters is “evaluation”. Not criticism but constructive feedback designed with three purposes in mind
- Remind you what you do well. Encourage you to repeat what you do well
- Suggest some issues you might like to consider that will improve your presentation
- Encourage you to come back and do it again
Quality evaluation is what helps you grow “in the right direction”.
Find out more about this world wide organisation
If you want to know more, write and ask. I will be pleased to help if I can.