Communication and leadership are skills, not talents. Business Professionals and business publications have noted time and time again that a Toastmasters Club is a great way to improve those skills.
What does Toastmasters International value?
Think of the acronym R.I.S.E. It stands for Respect, Integrity, Service, and Excellence. Since its founding in October 1924, Toastmasters International has become a respected world leader in communication and leadership development. It has over 345, 000 members in 142 countries worldwide. Its founder Ralph Smedley laid the foundation to grow the organization and help its members grow as individuals and professionals.
Since 1951, the Bangor Toastmasters Club has been helping achieve the mission of providing supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.
“As a member, for four years, I vouch for the confidence and skills that I have gained. I recently completed my Advance Silver Communicator award. I thank my fellow club members who have supported me and enriched my life. Several Toastmasters have become my friends,”stated Paula Baines, 2016/2017 Vice President Education.
For some, walking through the door for the first time is an awakening and sometimes a frightening experience. They can be shy and quiet and gaining their confidence just to speak up is challenging. It happens. Others may walk through the door with speaking experience and want to take it to the next level. They challenge themselves through club contests. Others are looking for ways to grow as a leader; they taken on a new job, got promoted at work, or become an officer in an organization. As there are many members, there are many varied reasons for attending a Toastmasters meeting as a guest.
Why do they join and stay active as members?