Effective Communications – Becoming a Better Communicator
by Mary Schoendorfer
Have you ever wanted to become a more effective communicator? Your communication skills, both verbal and written, affect you effectiveness in all facets of life,beit career, family or community life. Toastmasters International can help you find your voice, be heard and become a more effective leader, not to mention building your confidence. The Toastmasters Pathways program is a world leader in communication and leadership development.
Toastmasters clubs meet throughout many cities where members attend meetings to gain experience through delivering speeches, participating in meetings, and taking steps towards achieving their speaking and leadership goals. The program is entirely self-paced. Member to member feedback provides motivation and meaningful suggestions. Members plan and lead their own growth, wether they focus on speaking, leadership or both. They give feedback, and accept feedback. Through our community of learners, members find their path, meet new friends and have fun! There are scheduled meetings taking place in Rocky Ridge, Royal Oak and in the Crowfoot Area communities of Calgary, for example. There is probably a club or two in your community also.
Check out the Toastmasters website at www.toastmaster.org, and click on the Find a Club button to find a club near you. Use your postal code as the search term to hone in on your area. Clubs are always open to guests so drop in to experience a Toastmasters meeting for yourself.
Editor’s Note – In closing Mary writes, “As a member of the Toastmasters Organization for many years, I have personally found it an inspiring place to grow, as well as a warm community of supportive members who are an important part of ‘my village.”
Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development, with over 352,000 members in 16,400 clubs in 141 countries. The world needs leaders. Leaders head families, coach teams, run businesses and mentor others. These leaders must not only accomplish, they must communicate. By regularly giving speeches, gaining feedback, leading teams and guiding others to achieve their goals in a supportive atmosphere, leaders emerge from the Toastmasters program