Toastmasters has always been a special home that’s encouraged some of my greatest learning experiences.
Once my career started out of college I quickly realized that I had a lot of anxiety in a professional setting. All of the speaking scenarios that the office presented plunged me into a fierce and challenging world that I was not accustomed to. My best discourse became focused on my work, at my desk and staying quiet. However, I knew that as my career progressed this would have to change.
By looking online I found toastmasters. It was, and still is, the only club that is focused on developing speaking skills. It is also the only place that allows its members to develop and practice their skills as they see best for themselves and offers no other agendas. You choose when and how you want to speak.
As I joined and became a member there have been plenty of ups and downs. I was so terrified to speak at times that I truly believed my heart would jump out of my chest. Yet I fondly remember how exhilarated and full of life I felt after delivering my first speech.
Over time, the practice and experience I gained by attending regular Toastmasters meetings has sparked new skills and confidence speaking in front of groups. This year alone I have completed presentations in front of audiences that I didn’t think were possible not too long ago.
As the president of Trinity Toastmasters, I welcome you as a guest and prospective member and hope that Toastmasters will help you build your skills and help you find what you’re looking for.