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Softskills Unmasked – Demystifying Public Speaking

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Overcome Your Fear With These Skills

Softskills Central to Us

Softskills are central to who we are and how we carry ourselves. We spend exhorbitant amounts of time learning and furthering our hardskills portfolio. But we overlook and take for granted our softskills. These skills define each of us and determine how we function and carry ourselves amongst others. Softskills are what our hardskills rely upon. Once practised and learned, we should spend regular amounts of time maintaining our softskills. Skills not practised and maintained can slowly fade and take us back to where we started.

As I was completing my 2nd DTM, I reflected on why I felt the Toastmasters program is successful.

Why Is Toastmasters Successful ?

  1. not expensive – on average of $100 year
  2. meets weekly – based on regular and constant repetition
  3. leadership and speaking skills are intertwined during meetings and mutually inclusive
  4. members set their own pace of speech completion
  5. members meet on a common neutral environment of their home club
  6. many levels to achieve and strive for
  7. educational levels are pyramidal and build on previous level attained
  8. members evaluate, mentor and support each other
  9. members meet on neutral ground – no threat to each other as in the workplace
  10. great for developing your networking skills
  11. relaxed environment to learn team building & group dynamics
  12. meetings are structured with an agenda, focused, and start finish on time
  13. members learn skills by positive reinforcement in a safe environment where they cannot fail
  14. meetings are fun and have flexibility to tailor their club culture based on member initiative
  15. 7 executive positions oversee the club changing each year with members volunteering
  16. meetings are on most any day, and members can pick clubs close to their work or home
  17. clubs are international  in 142 countries, numbering 16,000 clubs and 345,000 members

    Softskills Development and Maintenance Helps Grow Your Confidence Level
    Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking & Succeed

Who can benefit from Toastmasters? Most anyone from academics, trades people, professionals and the average ordinary person. It is ideal for people who work from home as it allows interaction with real people to grow and maintain their speaking and leadership skills. Toastmasters is a great confidence building organization and fantastic place to learn how to network and develop your speaking, presenting and leadership softskills. Much happens at a meeting. So I always invite guests to join me, observe and ask questions during or after the meeting.

How Are YOUR Softskills?

Start by searching for a club near you at toastmasters.org/find-a-club. Drop-in for free 15 minutes before the meeting starts. Identify yourself as looking for more info and even take part in a minor role during the meeting.

Don’t let your public speaking fears hold you back preventing you from being the person you want to be. Softskills learned and honed will make you a confident leader and a motivating inspiring speaker. Be sure to watch the video post at the top of this article for tips on what the Toastmasters program can do for you.

Terry

I am a video marketer, videographer, blogger, story teller and always looking for the next story - YOUR story. I coach and write soft skills articles based on my experiences to help you become a better speaker, leader, presenter and influencer. I capture your story in video to best connect with your audience so they become your next client.