How did your Toastmasters adventure start?
I was invited by my fellow English language trainer to join a group of cool people. I was fascinated with the format of the meetings – learning and development while having lots of fun.
What was the biggest struggle at the beginning?
There was no struggle, as all the club mates were supporting and fun-loving people.
How did you manage to get out from your comfort zone?
It took me several months of taking roles and performing in front of my mates. Rome wasn’t built in a day. There’s no magic trick, just keep on taking roles until you have fun performing on the stage, until you feel grounded and rooted.
What did you gain in Toastmasters?
A crowd of good friends, fun, inspiration, socializing, networking, brain gymnastics, cross-club mentoring, big events, small events, …
Oh, and one-in-a-million educational program.
What achievement are you most proud of?
Our biggest achievement was Division Conference in 2011, when we were still learning the ropes. And for me, personally, every time I convince a person that public speaking is for everybody is an achievement.
Why are you still in the organization?
The opportunities at TM are endless, because we make them as we go. Varied weekly workshops, events, socializing and fun, updated unique educational program.
How do you use the skills gained in TM outside TM?
I use everyday leadership in my everyday life: communication strategies, organizational skills. I have learned a number of technical and professional skills that I use to my advantage in my work. That includes promotion, managing social media, running blogs and webpages.
What are your future plans in the organization?
I am sure I am going to continue to develop and meet cool people.
What message can you give to other toastmasters knowing now what you know?
Whatever you need, you’ll most probably find it at TM. Remember, it’s a Club, a small community, you get what you give. Keep on taking roles and performing!! One day you’ll realize, that you have always been a born leader and speaker, only you needed to be reminded of that.
Author: Marta Geszkiewicz