Club Members Answer Common Questions: ‘Why I Joined Toastmasters’, part 2
Additional member responses to the question of why each decided to join a Toastmasters club.
Andy Bialek, CC, CL (current club President): I visited Career Communicators back in 2013, with one thing in mind to improve upon my communication and leadership skills, and became a member a few weeks later. To date my experience has been great, and my fellow Toastmasters are all supportive, encouraging and nonjudgmental. The meetings are fun, but well organized. There is no pressure, you set your own schedule, and it’s the safest environment to take risks.
Since joining, I have completed all the requirement in the Competent Leadership manual and on April 4th at our Club’s 5 year anniversary event I will be completing my 10th speech and receiving my Competent Communicator Award. Also, I have served as an Officer, first as secretary and now as the Club’s President.
As we all know, good communication and leadership skills are essential in every area of life, and Toastmasters can help us become better at it.
Bill Hicks, CC & CL: To get better and more confident at public speaking so I could present better at work and speak better when the time called for it.
Ken Sepos, CC & CL: I joined Toastmasters with the goals of becoming a more proficient marketing and sales manager by bettering my public speaking skills and by adding a new large group of professionals to my network. Quite unexpectedly I have become much more proficient in WordPress development and public relations. And on top of it all, I have a nice group of friends who can help me continuously improve!
James Thies, ACB, CL
1) Building confidence to speak in a public forum to a group of people.
2) Being able to articulate the message in a clear and concise manner.
3) Networking with people within Toastmasters to build up my connections within different clubs and companies.
4) Be among a group of people to constructively build each other up in speaking and have fun doing it.