The presenter was an intelligent engineer and a person who could design the next moon lander. If he could only reach his audience and stop reading from his PowerPoint slides. Before I snuck out the back door, I asked myself “would I be any better at presenting?” In my professional career, I’ve had only a handful of opportunities to speak in front of a large group. When I did speak, did the audience appreciate my message? Did they understand what I was trying to say or did I bore them just like the presentation I am witnessing? Once I reached my car, I googled speech coaching… there it was, Toastmasters. After a few club searches, I found one that was right down the road from my office and I sent an email immediately to attend a meeting. Boy, am I glad I did!
Toastmasters is a fantastic group where you can practice building yourself both personally and professionally. Everyone I’ve met in Toastmasters is working towards the same goals of presenting, leading, and effective communication. Together they open up new capabilities and help individuals with confidence and motivation. Everyone at Toastmasters is friendly and supportive.
I am really looking forward to learning better speaking and communication skills and adding them to my professional tool bag. I cannot say enough good things about Toastmasters. So, if you want to become an effective speaker with more confidence, I suggest joining.