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Today I had the opportunity to attend a Toastmaster’s open house with one of my co-workers. If you’re looking to become a better speaker, I highly suggest looking into this organization.

While I don’t think I will become a member myself, I know several people who have become much better public speakers and gained a great deal of confidence by attending these meetings.

Some useful public speaking tips from the Toastmaster’s website:

  • Know your material.
  • Practice. Practice. Practice!
  • Know the audience.
  • Know the room.
  • Visualize yourself giving your speech.
  • Realize that people want you to succeed.
  • Don’t apologize for any nervousness or problem – the audience probably never noticed it.
  • Concentrate on the message – not the medium.
  • Gain experience.
  • Pay attention to your body language.

More details and explanations can be found here.

I have found that stepping out of your comfort zone can be very beneficial. If my co-worker had never invited me to this open house, I would have never attended and never known what Toastmasters is and what makes their organization special. While the club may not be for me, I now know I can recommend Toastmasters to anyone wanting to become a better public speaker or gain leadership experience.

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