Winston Churchill: This Nobel Prize-winning, twice-elected Prime Minster of the United Kingdom wasn’t always as well regarded as he is today. Churchill struggled in school and failed the sixth grade. After school he faced many years of political failures /as he was defeated in every election for public office until he finally became the Prime Minister at the ripe old age of 62.
Not everyone who’s on top today got there with success after success. More often than not, those who history best remembers were faced with numerous obstacles that forced them to work harder and show more determination than others. This can be said for education as well, as furthering your education with a bachelor’s or master’s degree can also help do wonders for your success. Next time you’re feeling down about your failures in life or in a career. Please keep famous people in mind and remind yourself that sometimes failure is just the first step towards success.
You will notice that Toastmasters is a platform and the program that is most successful of all the organization. It has had the greatest positive impact on my life. I believe the benefits of membership extend far beyond simple public speaking skills. I think almost everyone would benefit from joining toastmaster. One of the big problems I see with Toastmasters current reputation is that most people on initial inspection believe that it is simply a program for speakers to get together and practice what, for most people is an often unused skill. Since most people don’t do any public speaking aside from the occasional meeting, they see the (usually) weekly meetings as being a considerable investment for unsure benefits.
Unfortunately what most people don’t understand is that the skills learned in mastering public speaking and leadership are core skills needed for dealing with other people. These skills are the communication skills you use many times every single day. Instead of thinking about doing a big presentation with your Toastmaster skills, think about something as simple as talking with a group of friends.
Many people who have labelled themselves ‘introverts’ or lack social skills can find Toastmasters to be a fantastic place to rapidly improve their communication skills. Even if you are currently a very sociable person, Toastmasters can teach you to improve your skills and give you the confidence that comes from being a competent speaker. But if you just go to one meeting and see the prepared speeches, this benefit of Toastmasters might not be apparent. It took me several months before I really found the intrinsic benefits to Toastmasters. Although the improvement to public speaking comes immediately, it can take a little longer before you recognize the benefits it has in all communication.
Toastmasters is a great place to make friends and meet new people but I would say that the Toastmasters atmosphere facilitates it even more. I have met many people through Toastmasters, including many people I might not have otherwise had the chance to meet.
One of the reasons I feel Toastmasters makes it easier to meet people is because there is a strong emphasis on being very supportive of the people around you. It’s too bad that this attitude isn’t ingrained in all our dealings with other people because it really makes it much easier to make friends. Generally I have found Toastmasters to be a place that tries its best to make people feel welcomed.
One more reason Toastmasters is a great place to meet people is because there is mutually positive feedback between members. By giving and receiving positive feedback I think rapport is established much more quickly. If you do decide to join a club with a high volume of new members I have found this to be even more true as everyone is trying to learn at the same time.
Please find the five tips for the best delivery in your speech that will become memorable to all:
- Be prepared. Your audience is giving you their time and consideration so rehearse enough to be confident and you’ll leave a good impression.
- Start strong. Begin your speech with a powerful opening that will grab your audience’s attention, such as a startling fact or statistic, an interesting story or a funny joke.
- Be conversational. Avoid reading your speech word for word. Instead, refer to notes or points from an outline to help your speech have a more free-flowing, conversational tone.
- Speak with passion. If you’re truly invested in what you’re saying, you’ll be better able to keep your audience’s attention.
- Be patient. It’s easy to get frustrated if you make a mistake. But remember that public speaking is not easy and it takes time to hone your skills. Keep practising and you will reach your goals.
I wish each and every one best of luck for making it BIG like Winston Churchill in their of Toastmaster journey and this platform will give you success, success and only success..
—DTM Nitin Mehta