🥂What I learned at my first Toastmasters meeting

I attended my first Toastmasters meeting the other night and learned a lot of useful tips that I can use to improve my sales skills. It was great to see how the group interacted and supported each other, and I'm already looking forward to attending more meetings in the future.

1. The Toastmasters motto is "Toastmasters International provides a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth."

2. I learned that there are levels/roles of membership - with the higher tiers requiring more commitment from the member.

3. To get on stage at a meeting requires a process of reaching out to the President or VP of Education for the club to get added to the agenda. So the judges are prepared for evaluation. Any member can comptete in the speaking competitions.

4. There were about 10 people who attended my first meeting at Toastmasters that night, including myself! It was very welcoming and I can't wait to go back next week! You don’t have to join to attend.

5. One thing I'll be working on this year is giving presentations so that I can better execute converting my ideas into more persuasive change within an organization. Toastmasters has a lot of tech professionals from various roles to give different departmental perspective points of view.

6. Speaking of public speaking, one of the most important things you should do before your speech starts is introduce yourself so people know who you are without having to ask later on during your talk (or awkwardly introducing yourself mid-speech).

7.All in all it was a great experience for me at my first Toastmasters meeting; it really helped me feel like everyone has to learn, practice, and teach this skill.

There are many skills that can be learned at Toastmasters, but I want to focus on the skill of public speaking. It is a necessary ability for anyone looking to thrive in today’s professional world. The cost of this club is low and it provides an opportunity for you not only learn how to speak better, but also grow your leadership abilities by teaching others what you have mastered yourself.

If you haven’t checked out one meeting yet let me challenge you do so! You will meet new people who may become lifelong friends or mentors - all while learning something valuable about yourself. Join us next month if you're looking for a way to boost your confidence and communication skills. I highly recommend checking out the world class ranked Severna Park Toastmasters club. You won't regret it!

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Toastmasters has been on my list for a long time! This was really helpful insight, thank you for putting it together for us :)
I plan on documenting my journey here. It’s basically one the best ways to get nearly free mentorship. So glad you found it helpful.
Was the meeting you attended in-person or online?
It was virtual. Which is actually better because you can join the better clubs that are world ranked and well organized. Which ultimately means you’ll get more from the experience and better mentorship.
Well done on starting your toastmasters journey. I dropped out last year after 25 years as I need to concentrate on other things for the next two years. Toastmasters is brilliant - it develops so many useful skills and Aldo brings great networking opportunities. With covid many clubs have been online - some might remain that way. As a result, I attended meeting in the US, India and or course my local Irish meetings. My mother is still involved in Engineers toastmasters. I was involved in AIB toastmasters from 1998 until it’s demise in 2020. I joined both Navan and Engineers for 2020-2021. It’s been an amazing journey, with great opportunities and I highly recommend it. Well done on writing up a great piece to encourage others to try it.
Thank you so much Aileen! I was so nervous when I posted because I wasn’t sure it would be valuable for others. You are absolutely right though. I just spoke in Twitter Spaces yesterday after my first meeting and already have improved in my public speaking and delivery. After 1 meeting!!! I’m in shock.