3 Awesome Benefits of Being a Toastmaster

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in Professional Development | 8 comments

When I joined Toastmasters International seven months ago I didn’t know how much I would grow and how much fun I’d have doing it! Toastmasters has been an amazing experience and I want to tell you just what’s so great about it.

Toastmasters International is an educational organization that teaches communication, public speaking, and leadership skills. What I have gained from Toastmasters is all that and more. Being a Toastmaster is investing in myself and my best possible future. This blog is all about living a great, happy, fun, and full life and Toastmasters is one way I make that awesome life happen.

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In addition to communication, public speaking, and leadership skills I have enjoyed quite a few unexpected and amazing benefits- here’s my top 3:

Confidence

Speaking in Toastmasters provides new challenges and plenty of opportunities to be proud of your accomplishments. The more you expand your skills and talents, the more confidence you have in yourself!

Self confidence builds trust in others. People want to listen to someone who is confident in what they have to say and how they say it.

When I started in Toastmasters I wasn’t lacking confidence; I had a healthy dose of self-confidence that helped me get started in the club. What I didn’t expect was how my confidence would grow and where that new confidence would take me. Thanks to Toastmasters I’ve tried new things I wouldn’t have tried before.

Friendship

Toastmasters is a friendly environment where people are genuinely interested in each other. Toastmasters works because it’s welcoming, positive and supportive with each and every member playing a role in the every other member’s growth and success.

Join Toastmasters and you’ll find you’ve become friends with people you wouldn’t know otherwise. You get to know members and they get to know you as you learn to appreciate and encourage the best in everyone you meet.

I have many friends in my Toastmasters club, people I spend time with outside the club that I consider true friends. Some of these friends are very different from me and I have enjoyed getting to know my fellow Toastmasters well enough to consider them friends.

Encouragement

Every Toastmaster receives heaps of encouragement and the best part is you’re encouraged to be your best self. Every Toastmaster has inherent talents and a wonderfully unique perspective to share. Toastmasters is all about encouraging yourself and others to be as awesome as you can be.

As a Toastmaster you share specific, positive, and constructive feedback and by doing so invest in your fellow member’s success as much as your own. You celebrate the victory of every member’s accomplishments.

I have especially enjoyed helping my fellow members develop through encouraging them in their progress in the Toastmasters program. It’s a wonderful experience to be part of something bigger than myself and watch my fellow Toastmasters grow!

I’m grateful for the confidence, friendship and encouragement that comes with being a member a Toastmasters. In addition to these great benefits there are many other awesome skills I’ve gained in Toastmasters such as:

  • becoming a more effective communicator
  • improving my grammar and vocabulary
  • exercising time management skills
  • being a great listener
  • learning to give specific, positive, and helpful feedback
  • speaking to inspire
  • speaking to entertain
  • speaking to inform (without boring!)
  • give presentations that don’t suck!
  • responding intelligently to impromptu questions
  • leading meetings with authority and assurance
  • being heard and understood when I speak
  • leading by example

There are many benefits of being a Toastmaster and I hope you check it out but if Toastmasters is not for you I encourage you to challenge yourself in a different venue that helps you learn and grow. Go out there and live your best life!

I love your comments! Have you ever tried Toastmasters? What did you enjoy most about being a Toastmasters? If you haven’t tried it, would you? Why or why not?

8 Comments

  1. Hi, Chrysta,it was so refreshing to find your blog above. I’ve been in Toastmasters about 12 years and I’m closing in on my Distinguished Toastmaster award. My last speech is one from the advanced manual on Specialty Speeches. In this particular speech, I must choose 5 topics and allow the evaluator to choose. I must then speak on the topic s/he chooses.
    Being a life coach, I’ve chosen several topics from my presentations on life purpose, life balance, stress management and decided I should put the benefits of TM on the list. I like to hear what others have to say so that’s the way I found your blog.
    Good to hear someone with your energy and positive TM experience. I want to encourage you to get involved in the leadership track of TM. You are already a leader and influencer. Toastmaster clubs, areas and divisions need people with your gifts.
    All the best in your TM journey!

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Yvonne!

      So nice to meet another TM, and congrats on being so close to your DTM! I just finished my CL in March- woo hoo! I’m also preparing to become VP of Membership in my club- I enjoy leadership! :)

      Your speech sounds wonderful- any chance it will be captured on video? I’d love to see it!

      Thanks again for stopping by. Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

  2. Exciting, Chrysta! TM was a powerful time in my life. In college I was led to believe that I wasn’t a good speaker. In TM, i found that extemporaneous speaking and public communication is one of my most powerful assets.

    I’m so glad that you’ve found a powerful club to connect with in your area as I did in mine. It changed that trajectory of my life, and seems like yours has already begun to make just as powerful an impact.

    Keep engaged as long as you can. It’s a great system and great people. Maybe someday I’ll be watching the International Speech Competition where you’re a finalist! :)
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    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Steve!

      I love to hear other Toastmasters success stories so thanks for sharing yours! Isn’t it amazing to discover talents you didn’t even know you had? It’s one of the wonderful benefits of Toastmasters to enrich our hidden talents.

      I consider myself lucky to have found a great club right away. I’m even more fortunate that my club is a corporate club so I enjoy the full support and encouragement of my employer for being a member of Toastmasters. I’m not sure I would have sought out TM on my own and I’m thankful my employer sponsored our club and helped us get going. (We’re a brand new club- just chartered in May 2012!)

      So far I haven’t built up the courage to participate in a speech contest but I’m sure that day will come. :)

      Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

  3. Your article is spot on and well written, being a new toastmaster since Feb 2012 I have enhanced on my speaking, while enjoy learning & having fun in our club. I drug my husband along for confidence and today he competes as our area winner in the speech contest with 35 clubs and 8 areas for his funny speech when he was a teenager working in a car wash !

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Karen, and congrats to your husband for winning the area humorous speech contest!

      I have been surprised just how much fun Toastmasters has to offer! I have gotten so much more out of it than I expected and it’s been a rewarding experience. It makes me happy to hear others have had similar experiences.

      Thanks for stopping by! Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

  4. End of a very loooong day for me but when I saw the title of your post I knew I had to take the time to add my two cents – and that is to wholeheartedly agree with you! I am an introvert – actually according to Meirs Briggs, an “extreme” introvert. And yet, for over 20 years I made my living traveling the world in sales, training and talking to groups from 20 to 200. I learned and grew so much from my experience with Toastmasters!
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    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Marty!

      I am an extreme introvert, too! Growing up as a military kid I learned to put up a good extroverted front when really I am longing for some quiet time to reflect and recharge. Considering my introverted nature it surprised me just how much I enjoy Toastmasters- it’s really brought out some of my greatest qualities and skills.

      I love hearing other Toastmasters success stories and I’m grateful you shared yours. It’s wonderful to see how other people have grown and found talents they may not have even known they had.

      Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

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