Toastmasters have provided me with more than just an opportunity to hone my skills as a public speaker. It has given me insight in to how the organization has impacted the people it touches and how it really changes people’s lives. To me, that is a bigger drawing force than improving myself as a professional.
We couldn't have said it better ourselves.
I was a member of Toastmasters 23 years ago and gained valuable experience in developing my presentation skills for work. I rejoined six months ago after recovering from a traumatic head injury that effected my communication and confidence. It only made sense to return to the organization that gave me my confidence to begin with.
Toastmasters for me provide an intentional way to push and expand myself to be the best me, in a fun, manageable, goal oriented environment filled with incomparable support!
Toastmasters is about discovery. Who are you? What do you really want? What is the best way to go about getting the life that makes you happiest? Once this is mapped in your mind, Toastmasters gently, with love and affection, mentor you on your journey. In the meantime you will meet people so amazing that just knowing them will change your life forever. That is what Toastmasters has done for me.
I have only been in Toastmasters a short time (in fact, I just officially paid my dues). I like the fact that people from different backgrounds come together once a week with the intention of bettering themselves. Pathways is particularly exciting to me because it allows me to pursue the idea of Public Speaking as an income stream and to add credibility to my future goals.