One of the reasons I started this blog was to show people that you can do/achieve anything, no matter your income or social standing. My “DONE” series features Bucket List items I’ve done/achieved. They may vary in size and importance but the message I always want readers to leave with is that they too can achieve their dreams.
How many of you are comfortable with public speaking? If not, you may have a touch of glossophobia. Believe me, I once did. I would turn beet red. Actually, one time I broke out in hives. It wasn’t pretty. You know what? I’m talking in past tense and I really shouldn’t be. I still have a problem with turning red when I talk before a group of people. I don’t know how to fix it but I know I want to gain confidence in front of large groups. Since the time I first heard of Toastmasters, a communication and leadership development organization, I knew I wanted to eventually give it a go. The only thing holding me back? My nerves. The idea of intentionally giving speeches did not sound appealing, but I knew the payoff would benefit my future endeavors.
In the beginning of May I took the plunge and attended a meeting. I was nervous as all get out. I had a feeling I would have to speak to some extent the first night, and I think I did fairly well. All I had to do was tell my name, what brought me to the meeting, and share what my thoughts were after the meeting. Guess what? It wasn’t so bad.
The next week I attended the meeting with a membership application in hand. I made a promise to myself that if I am going to join Toastmasters, I have to give it my all. So far, I haven’t missed a meeting and I’ve delivered two speeches. I have an awesome mentor and I even won my first ribbon!
If you feel shy in groups, find it hard to communicate, want to take your career to the next level, or just love hearing yourself talk, think about joining a local Toastmasters club. The uplifting and encouraging members help you work through your improvement areas.
Taking the first step and attending a meeting was the hardest for me. Since, I’ve enjoyed meeting new people and learning how to craft an entertaining speech. I’m sure I’ll be sharing more with you as I continue to learn.