It’s been a few years now since I first joined Kings Speakers, and it’s been a wonderful journey and I have learned so much, in particular during the time I served as President along with partaking in various roles on the committee. Toastmasters is not just about practicing speaking skills, it’s also a great opportunity to practice leadership skills.
One of the most important things I’ve learned is that to improve any skill you need to put in the practice. What I always advise members is to take part at each meeting, doesn’t have to be a speech but take on a role or participate in table topics. The key is commitment, consistency and practice and over time you will see results, it’s not the immediate, exciting and fun solution people usually want to hear but that is where the magic is.
The results I’ve seen in my own experience is that my confidence has just kept growing, I’ve been a lot more open about having a stutter and I’ve been complimented many times on my communication skills which I know would not have been possible without Kings Speakers.
Along with practice we also need to continuously expand our comfort zones and take on new challenges and opportunities. Within Toastmasters there are many ways in which you can do that, by taking on leaderships roles within the committee, taking part in contests and visiting other clubs. However what’s most important is that we take these skills and put them into practice in the real world.
One of the ways which I have decided to really go out of my comfort zone in a way I have never done before is to start my own podcast, which I am in the process of developing right now. If someone had told me on the night that I joined Kings Speakers that a few years down the line I would be creating my own podcast, I would have never believed them. It really is amazing what you can achieve if you put in the work along with being in a very supportive and safe environment with people who believe in you.
What new challenge will you undertake and how will you put your Toastmaster skills in practice?
Written by Suzana Kalcic, Club Secretary