What Toastmasters has done for me.

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Today give yourself a raise (or in this market keep a job) by improving on your leadership and speaking skills. Last night I came in Second Place in Toastmasters District 30 Humorous Speech contest. Now I know I didn't win but I had already won my club, the area, and the divisional contest. Not to mention Barb who took first place was phenomenal and after I heard her speech I became relaxed because I knew she would be the winner.


I became active in Toastmaster after looking at the activities of some of the most sought after National Real Estate Trainers in the world. If you want to go to the top then you must do what people at the top do. As the result of my participation I have been able to increase my hourly speaking rate by 10x the amount I was getting less than three years ago. Imagine increasing your income by 10x because you have the ability to command a room and/or are viewed as a leader.  In addition I never thought I was funny but now I know I have a humorous side. When I left Pfizer Pharmaceuticals back in 2003 I made a promise to God that I would never be a physical or mental loafer. Every day I look for a way to try something new (a new cheese, wine, or taking the scenic route through an unfamiliar neighborhood) and to improve one thing about myself (grammar or a new computer skill). As a matter of fact I plan on giving myself another raise in three months because, with increased skills comes increased confidence.


There are 11,700 Toastmasters Clubs worldwide just click on the link www.toastmasters.com and explore a simple cost effective to give yourself a raise. I look forward to seeing you at the top.



Marki D. Lemons

National Trainer, Certified Residential Broker


Rubloff Residential Properties

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Comments (2)

Lisa Glowacki
Lisa Glowacki - Rhode Island & Massachusetts - Tiverton, RI
Real Estate Broker - RI & MA

Hi Marki, Wow second place.  I think you did exceptionally well. Congratulations and congratulations on your raise.  I also try to accomplish something new everyday as well as learn something new everyday. Now if I could only make people listen.

Happy Holidays

Dec 12, 2008 11:35 AM
Mike Crosby
Mike Crosby Realty - Placentia, CA
Placentia- Yorba Linda Real Estate - 714-742-2897

Yea, Toastmasters.    Every Realtor can benefit from Toastmasters.  I believe Toastmasters has been worth thousands to my real Estate business.   Some Realtor may think it is for the possible referrals is the reason to join.  But it is really for the confidents you gain in communication.  I will say not all clubs are the same quality.  So you may want to  visit more than one club.  The first club I ever when to the Current International Present was in the club and the Toastmaster for the evening. 

Mike Crosby, Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM), 

Humor Masters Toastmaster club Founder 

Qualified Speaker Founder District Speakers Bureau

May 07, 2013 01:35 PM