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Having been a member of Toastmasters for over 26 years, I have delivered 18 icebreakers.

My very first icebreaker was the most memorable. It took me over 10 months to work up the nerve to deliver my speech.

I don’t recall the reaction of the audience, but I do recall the advice given from one member of the audience.

Over the past 25 years or so I have likely attended more than 2000 Toastmasters events at all levels of the organization.

Did it help? Most certainly! I started off as a very shy introvert and in little more than a decade or so I had my own master of ceremonies business. When I joined, I certainly never saw that in my future.

My advice, as they say at Nike “just do it!”

I would add, think about your presentation not your nervousness.

I would suggest you are posing an apples vs oranges style of question.

Speaking and writing are two very different activities. Yet to be effective in either activity, you need to be skilled in both.

Friday, 21 December 2018 22:49

How has Toastmasters changed your life?

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I joined Toastmasters in January 1994 because I was a shy introvert and was terrified of public speaking. I’m still an introvert, not so shy and I am a pretty good speaker, if I do say so myself.

My progress was slow in the beginning. It took me a while to get used to the program and to get past my fear of public speaking. Five years into TM, I found my voice. ‘Finding Your Voice’ was a TM slogan for a while.

There are no universal answers to this question. The best resource material for topics lay within your own personal history and experience.

I often share humorous stories from my childhood or other times of my life. I tie the story into making a point i.e. a teaching moment.

Recently I delivered a speech entitled “It seemed like a good idea at the time …” The speech is about a series of situations that didn’t go the way they were planned and the lessons learned.

While I would whole-heartedly recommend either option for someone who was experiencing anxiety and fear of public speaking, I am concerned about the aspect of the anxiety being ‘paralyzing.’

Toastmasters is the world’s leading provider of inexpensive, effective communication and leadership training. They are experts at helping their members at overcoming their fear of public speaking and developing skills to become better communicators and leaders.

While there may be anecdotal stories from Toastmasters clubs around the world, as to how their club has helped someone who is paralyzed with fear, to becoming fearless, or at least less fearful, I don’t believe it to the norm.

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