By Benedict Leong
Brimming with events, opportunities and challenges, Toastmasters is my go-to platform in keeping me engaged and excited. With speeches and roles galore, it is no wonder why so many public speaking champions were made. Here are a couple of tried and tested ways Toastmasters can turn you into a champion!
Self-improvement is a dish best served with the help of friends pushing you on. That said, Toastmasters offers a variety of contests for you and your members to push each other beyond the limit. Learn from the best when they are put to the test! As each contest nudges you to outdo yourself each time, maybe one day – you too can be the elusive World Champion of Public Speaking!
Your improvement is a difficult yardstick to measure alone. That’s what evaluators are here for. By offering feedback in a constructive and friendly manner, your eyes will be opened to new dimensions of your performance that you have never seen before. Be it a speech or how you conducted an event, you can count on your fellow evaluators to catalyse your growth in the most helpful way possible.
When you become a Toastmaster, you now have something in common with more than 345,000 people from around the globe! Flex your networking muscles as you doubtlessly make new allies in your career as well as your social life. With such an abundance of friendly people all dying to talk, you will make a new friend faster than you can read this sentence!
No, it does not involve loud music and awkward dancing, Toastmasters clubbing is the act of venturing to club meetings outside your home club. See new speeches and discover new approaches in conducting a club meeting. You are guaranteed to have lots of exciting stories to tell, minus the hangovers.
5. Leadership Roles
“Where Leaders Are Made” is the tagline of Toastmasters International. Serve in your club as an officer or go beyond to new heights! Learn the delicate art of delegation, management, and many more skills vital to being a successful leader. Who needs theory classes when Toastmasters lets you learn leadership by actually leading!