Two weeks ago, I attended my first ever Toastmasters class.
I came across the name of this organisation several times before.
The first time, four years ago, when I was completing a public speaking course. The last time, 3 weeks ago, when I read that the majority of Fortune 500 companies including some chunky names such as Coca-Cola, IBM, Google, and Microsoft now sponsor their own Toastmasters clubs for all their employees.
This information got me so intrigued that I had to finally give my local club a try!
I went to the Toastmasters website to find a local club and the first thing I saw was this:
‘Wow!’ – I thought.
‘I can’t remember the last time I read something more powerful!’
What a truly remarkable way to set a vision for the new learners!
These few sentences made me realise that committing myself to mastering public speaking, something that I made a firm decision about 4 years ago was so much more than just about making a decision to learn how to manage my fear.
It was a decision to become a leader!
A leader of my own life, my thoughts, my emotions, my actions, my decisions – despite all my fears!
It turned out to be a huge lesson on how to communicate with others, connect with another human being, listen and understand others through firstly understanding yourself, your fears, your motives and your habits.
After my first experience with the club, I can honestly say that this was one of the greatest gifts I could give myself, despite the fact that I have practically made a living of my public speaking skills ever since I made a decision to make a change.
Watching all these experienced and confident speakers made me also realise how much more and how much faster I could have learned from others than trying to figure it out all by myself over the last few years.
However, I have also discovered how much more there is still to learn which made me really look forward to all the new and endless possibilities!
If you too are considering joining the club, let me tell you this – don’t waste your time thinking about it!
There is a reason why you are interested in this.
Start being a leader today and do it!
You will thank yourself for this decision a million times over 🙂