One of my goals after I reach my target weight is to travel around doing conferences on weight loss, inspiration, goal setting, and other helpful means of personal development. I have done some public speaking and am majoring in Communication, but still I felt that I could use some more training. So last night for the first time I attended a Toastmaster’s meeting.
Toastmasters is a club that meets weekly for the purpose of giving speeches. Right when I walked in the door last night I had to stand up and say my name and why I was going to the group. It was a fun experience. I thought Toastmasters was going to be this very stern group of older people who took everything very serious, instead I was surprised to find the meeting was very relaxed, the speakers were making jokes and everyone was having a good time. Next week I’m going to be joining the group and getting my first set of manuals to work on what is called my “CTM” or Competent Toastmaster. (Thanks Lars!)
After I obtain that I will begin working on advanced manuals and will continue to grow as a speaker. If you’ve ever thought about being a public speaker in any capacity, I strongly suggest you find a local chapter and give it a chance. You’ll be pleasantly surprised. 🙂
I found out they have advanced training in all sorts of areas from technical speaking to humor. I can’t wait to delve into these manuals and don’t worry, I’ll be sure to share my adventures with you.