Improve your speaking skills by joining your local chapter of Toastmasters

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I have been a member of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce Toastmasters group for four months now.  I joined Toastmasters because I wanted to gain confidence speaking in front of a large group.  One of my 2009 goals was to speak on an Insurance related topic to an audience as a SME (subject matter expert).  I'm not shy, and I'm not scared, but I also am not a refined speaker.  I want to step in front of a crowd with poise, and confidence and deliver a speech that radiates excellence.  I know the insurance part cold, and I am good at putting the right words together, but I really wanted to improve my delivery.

Toastmasters has been the most amazing avenue for developing the skills needed to be the type of insurance related public speaker I want to be.  Through functionary roles, such as inspirator, evaluator, toastmaster, and table topics coordinator you learn to speak clearly and succinctly for short periods of time, maybe 2-4 minutes.  But as you become comfortable you begin doing speeches ranging in length from 4-12 minutes.  The best part is you get 30 individual pieces of written feedback and one oral evaluation in front of the entire group.  In a supportive way this group really pushes you to grow as a speaker.

No matter what business you are in, if you want to become a better public speaker I firmly suggest joining your local chapter of Toastmasters.  If you give the group 100%, in 6 months time you will be very happy you joined.

Thank you,



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Markelle Harden
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Thanks for the reminder Ryan. While everyone in the service related industries can use more public speaking skills, those of us who service Real Estate transactions can benefit tremendously by becoming a top-notch speaker. I'm going to look into my local branch right's been on my 'To Do' list for quite a while. Some people reading your post may ask 'What does Toastmasters have to do with Referrals?" and for those of you asking that question - would YOU refer someone for a service who was a poor speaker? Even though speaking skills are not usually a reflection of our service ability, they still leave an impression. If you attend any networking events where conversation is part of the event, then public speaking skills are a must!

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