Why be in Toastmasters? (Profile Post #3)

This is the third in a series of River Speakers Profile Posts answering the question, “Can you name two skills that Toastmasters helped you enhance, discover, or strengthen — and how that helped you in your professional life?” We’re talking with Toastmaster Pam Bostic: 

River Speakers Toastmasters Club has been an amazing networking opportunity for both my professional and personal life. I’ve had the honor to attend a Professional Development seminar with a focus on Interviewing at a fellow Toastmaster’s place of work. I’ve also learned of a recurring group meditation event with the potential to calm the mind and strengthen character.

Toastmasters has taught me to find the positivity in every topic. This will be an invaluable skill for interviewing and relationship/network building.

River Speakers Toastmasters has made Thursday my favorite day of the week (move over Friday!)

Why be in Toastmasters? (Profile Post #2)

This is the second in a series of River Speakers Profile Posts answering the question, “Can you name two skills that Toastmasters helped you enhance, discover, or strengthen — and how that helped you in your professional life?” We’re talking with Toastmaster James Pendergrass CC: 

Listening:  I’m a better listener now than I was before joining Toastmasters, which I didn’t expect. I find that I’m more approachable, better understand how to ask the pertinent questions, and know how to give important feedback to people when asked.

Confidence to communicate effectively: It’s also helped me grow confidence as a person and being able to convey my thoughts so much better than before. Suffering from anxiety has always made it challenging to communicate my thoughts and feelings. However, Toastmasters has given me the ability to channel my thoughts and feelings into concise words in ways that weren’t possible before.

Why be in Toastmasters? (Profile Post #1)

This is the first in a series of River Speakers Profile Posts answering the question, “Can you name two skills that Toastmasters helped you enhance, discover, or strengthen — and how that helped you in your professional life?” We’re starting with Toastmaster Robin O’Neill ACB CL: 

What did you say? Toastmasters has helped me fine-tune my listening skills to hear the words, the energy, and the intent behind someone’s message. My ability to be present,  look for the nuances in what people say, restate what I have heard, and communicate back that message has improved my leadership and communication skills.

Can I give you some feedback? Toastmasters has improved my ability to give positive, constructive, and concise feedback/evaluations. This is a very valuable skill professionally and personally. We’ve had to answer the question, “What do you think?” — Toastmaster’s teaches specific feedback techniques that give value to both the evaluator and the speaker in a non-threatening and positive way.