I recently picked up the July issue of The Writer magazine. As I read the article titled What Toastmasters CAN DO for writers, I was reminded that every day is a presentation or speaking opportunity.
If you are a writer, you face editor pitches, unexpected calls from editors, book readings, and signings. Each of these events is a speaking opportunity and if you are not up to the task, you need to be. So where do you find help?
Toastmasters International is a non-profit organization helping over 220,000 people in 92 countries. It can also help you.
The primary goal of every club in the world is the same, to help the individual member. That’s you. Here it is, officially.
The mission of a Toastmasters club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.
Most people don’t realize that being a better speaker eventually means that you will increase your self-confidence and personal growth. It does.
Writers have many reasons why this is helpful, but so do you. What are those reasons? Let’s see.
Yesterday, because of my position as the technology leader in my school district, I was asked for my comments about a Pennsylvania technology grant for a magazine article. My training and confidence allow me to craft a response that is accurate, passionate, and has the best chance of connecting with those who hear it.
Last week, I was asked to participate in a panel determining the future of technology courses and education for another organization. Toastmasters allowed me to participate in a manner which effective and advantageous to the organization. And I did not have to worry about how I would sound to those around me. Have you ever wondered, “How will I sound?”
Job interviews, answering questions at work, explaining your child’s symptoms at their next doctor’s appointment… those are all speaking events. You experience them every day.
Since every day is a presentation or speaking opportunity, you might wish to make it the best presentation possible.
…by the way, the last post was my 50th! I have hit a milestone and I thank you for stopping in.