Should you join Toastmasters?
Toastmasters International is the world leader in developing effective communicators and leaders. If you’ve ever experienced stage fright, trouble in networking, or find it hard to lead teams that perform at their highest potential, Toastmasters is the ideal place to begin your journey of self-development.
With over 332, 000 members around the world, Toastmasters international helps individuals learn and grow systematically through the practical application of communication and leadership activities. All members, at all times, have a communication and leadership manual which guides them to achieve their next level of competency.
Many of those who join toastmasters have different goals in communication. Some want to be better presenters at work, some want to network better, and some just want to win one argument with their spouse. Although the third objective might not be addressed directly, better communication has been a proven ingredient to create a more fulfilling relationship.
Once you join Toastmasters you are free to complete your manuals at your own pace. Each project will provide you with an outline of what objectives you need to achieve, and once you complete the project the invaluable feedback from an experienced toastmaster will help you improve yourself for your next project.
Much like the communication path, by completing each project in the leadership manual and receiving feedback, you are able to gradually improve your skills to become more effective. Many entrepreneurs, professionals and even parents are known to have blossomed in their leadership by following the programme. Many have performed immensely as individuals outside of Toastmasters.
What about the people?
When you join a toastmasters club, you join an international community that collectively contributes to each other’s self-development. Because, at Toastmasters, we believe that developing is a process of “friends helping friends”. Depending on the club you join, your next project might be evaluated by an entrepreneur who has had exceptional achievements in his field, a professional who is performing at the highest level in his field, a champion speaker who has spoken in-front of a hundred international audiences. The exposure is priceless. Therefore, along with the bi-weekly meetings, our conferences and our recreational events, it is an ideal place to surround yourself with a great group of individuals, who develop themselves and help others do so as well.