Toastmasters helps a lot with public speaking fears

Postby dav1307 » Tue Feb 23, 2016 5:58 pm

Toastmasters has been mentioned here before, but wanted to post again for people that may have never heard about it. It's a big non profit international organization, that has thousands of clubs all over the world. It's pretty cheap to join. It's not perfect, I think TM is too formal, and it seems at times to produce the same type of speaker. Nonetheless, it does provide anyone who desires the opportunity to get a lot of practice and experience up there on stage and speaking in front of a group of people. It also has a dedicated leadership track which I think is underrated. It's efficient like that.

Go to http://www.Toastmasters.org and find a club in your city. Clubs generally have about 15-20 people in attendance.

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Postby cynthialeighton » Fri Mar 11, 2016 11:59 pm

Thanks! Good suggestion.
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Postby InetK » Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:12 am

Many speakers share their own experiences and story. But this is exactly what I don't like - speaking about myself makes me feel very uncomfortable. One experience I’ll never forget was when I attended a speaking event by Lorne Sulcas, better known as The Big Cat Guy. I thought he was totally unique and different. His message was not of people to people. But a message far bigger than us. With his keynotes, he shares the million-year old success lessons from Nature that opened the audience’s eyes … very wide. He started a research project, to study the area’s lion, leopard and cheetah populations. What he describes is every day’s immense beauty. But behind Nature’s awesomeness, is a constant struggle for survival in the face of massive change and competition – for every species, even at the top of the food chain.
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Postby InetK » Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:13 am

If you have the story, the lesson is always there. It makes it so easy to refer back to and ask: “What do I need to do now?” And instantly you’d be able to recall. And this is what big organisations do to get their people to act and grow. And they do so with enthusiasm. Because it’s the story that they’ve engaged and has become a part of them. I guess this is what true motivation does.
In my mind, he will be forever remembered. Go have a look if you wish. And so this has helped me when I joined Toastmasters.I was so privileged to get Lorne to mentor me. For no reason. Just because he like to help people. 1.) To tell inspirational stories of other people. 2.) practise practise practise. It get easier every time. Toastmasters is a GREAT organization to use as avenue towards developing speaking skills.
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