7 Monumental Benefits of Joining a Toastmasters Club

benefits of toastmastersPublic speaking. To a lot of people the second scariest thing in life, behind death. Why do we psyche ourselves out so much when it comes to standing up in front of others and talking? Sure, nerves can overwhelm you. Your stomach could have more butterflies than the exhibit at your local zoo. But to the entrepreneur, the benefits of learning can far outweigh the negatives of not learning. It can open up doors that were never opened before, and you will create more contacts in the process.

Here are some benefits that you can get when joining a Toastmasters:

It pulls you out of your comfort zone

Not understanding how Toastmasters works, it can be very intimidating going to your first meeting. Well, the great part is that you get to see how everything works before you decide to move forward with a membership. Once you have made that decision, your first speech will be scheduled. Relax, you don’t have to worry about creating your award winning speech just yet, since your first one will be about you. The Ice Breaker will get you out of your comfort zone while giving you the confidence you need for your next speech.

Impromptu speaking will no longer be a nuisance

Being put on the spot in any situation can be quite nerve-racking, and sometimes even embarrassing. We all want to say the right things when we are asked a question of importance among our fellow business friends or colleagues. Why not get it right, once and for all?

During each meeting, there is a segment called Table Topics. When called upon, you will answer a question that you have had almost no time to prepare for. Participation in Table Topics challenges you to listen carefully, gather and organize your thoughts quickly, and respond in an educated manner.

Asking open ended questions will be the norm

On the flip side of being the person who answers questions during Table Topics, you will eventually be the Table Topics Master. This role will require you to take the theme of the day and ask four to five questions that coincide. You will know this in advance so you can plan out your questions. This role challenges you to not only ask yes or no questions, but to give the member the opportunity to elaborate on his or her answer within the allotted time given.

You learn how to evaluate other speakers

Speech evaluations go hand in hand with the speeches. Evaluations play a critical part in what Toastmasters is about, giving feedback to let the speaker know how he or she did. When evaluating, it is important to not give constructive criticism. Instead, give constructive feedback. Point out the positives and encourage the speaker in what could have been done better.

You get to network with other entrepreneurial minds

There’s not a better place to meet with other entrepreneurs, who are looking to create more impact in their professional lives, than at Toastmasters. When you are willing to take the plunge off the public speaking diving board, it is a huge accomplishment. Knowing that other entrepreneurs are willing to do the same and grow beyond their own limiting beliefs, can help you make a quick connection. You are on the same playing field and you already have something in common.

You learn how to use the stage

Walking the stage is important. Knowing how to move and how to use your hands can be crucial in any speech. It’s not just the words that come out of your mouth that deserves applause, it’s also the way you own the audience with your movements. Toastmasters teaches you how to have a presence that literally commands attention. These are in the advanced manuals but they are worth working up to.

You learn how to prepare and present a speech

Learning how to be good in public speaking takes many things in to account. It’s not enough to be able to get up and speak clearly. You need to have the aforementioned stage presence, and you need to have the ability to write a speech that impacts your audience.

Toastmasters includes a Competent Communicator Manual for all beginning members that gives you ten assignments to complete for your first credential. Each assignment will give you set objectives and thoughts on what to write about. They teach you how to research your assignment and they also give you tips on what and what not to do while on stage.

If you have ever wondered what it would be like to get out of your comfort zone and become a public speaker, I recommend checking out our Toastmasters Club here in Bonita! You will be happy you joined!

Growth is good, and we would love to have you join us… our address is 5120 Robinwood Rd, Bonita, CA 91902

See you there 7:45am Saturday, February 6, 2016!


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