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Toastmasters Public Speaking

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Wanted to join for years...

Went to my first Toastmasters Meeting (public speaking training) last night. Was thinking, in this day and age of people using their phones a lot and not necessarily connecting with one another, one-on-one or in person, connecting or having to talk in front of larger groups may become a value proposition or business.

Anyone thinking they should join Toastmasters or trying to have a leg up in the future with strong public speaking skills and how you are improving, trying or creating value from public speaking, I thought we could use a thread.

First visit, spoke for 1:05 seconds in front of about 12, and the time was supposed to be 1:00. Not bad (on a random topic picked by someone else). May have more posts to show progress and/or thoughts on Toastmasters and public speaking itself. Don't be shy...

DISCLAIMER: My teacher made all of us memorize a 2 minute poem once a week for all of 7th and 8th grade and stand up in front of class and present it (no notes/paper!). At the time I wanted to bitch, quit and sh*it my pants, but we all got through it and it was one of the greatest gifts a teacher could give and develop. I suppose today they would be sued for cruelty, hahaha!!!

That being said, I have spoke in front of a crowd as small as 20 as in a classroom (as some of you have too) and as large as 300 hosting some event(s) (not bragging, but encouraging the next generation or INSIDERS with a possible skill set that could prove to be VERY valuable or fastlane). You can do it - others don't like to!
 
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Been a member in Toastmasters for years. Reached CC, CL, and ACB. Been VP and president of the club. After a couple of years I have the feeling I reached my learning curve and quit.

Would recommend everybody because I definitely feel I have better communication skills and never feel awkward when talking in front of an audience. Not just communication but also leadership skills are getting improved in TM.
 

MJ DeMarco

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Would recommend as well, although my experience wasn't Toastmasters but be thrown into the fire with the annual Summit meetups. Nothing trumps experience, even if it is in a group designed to improve speaking.
 

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