In our last meeting, we asked attendees what advice they would give to a new Toastmaster member. This is what they said:
Start early and quick
Get started as soon as possible in speaking (from Rose Saliba).
Do a speech (just a minute or table topics) at your first meeting, it feels extremely rewarding and stops you building it up into something scary if you’re nervous (from Anna Taylor).
Don’t wait too long to give a speech
Don’t wait too long to speak – it’s easier to get started and start the journey – when you do, you’ll realise how much you learn from people evaluating you and applying that takes you on the journey further.
Not starting is like sitting on the edge of a pool dangling your feet in the water and thinking it’s cold – it’s a lot warmer if you just get in and start swimming, you might need some help with technique, but it’s definitely warmer! (from Lynne Wilkins).
Get out of your comfort zone…with a supportive bunch
My advice would be once you get over the “hurdle” of the first meeting every single one after that becomes much easier, especially if you throw yourself into the deep end. Being in the deep end is much easier in toastmaster because everyone is non judgemental and are on the same journey you have been (from Charles Russell).
Get the Toastmasters’ mindset
Just relax and be open minded to be carried out of your comfort zone, it’s all a safe environment (from Oliver Schlenker).
We are all in Toastmasters to learn
All of us are here in a TM club to learn and help each other to be better speakers in our daily lives (from Enroy Nugent).
Consider getting a mentor
Get a mentor so you can become your best self in not just speaking but other leadership skills too (from Judith Nugent).
Manage your inner critic
Don’t beat up yourself when you make a mistake when giving a speech, because we’ve all been there (from Enroy Nugent).
You get as much as you put in
You get out what you put in and also the other members are a lovely group of people who are incredibly supportive. Give it a whirl 😋 (from Maria Iredale).
If questions, ask and get involved
Ask others to explain how things are, how their experience has been and participate as much as you can (from John Kendall).
Take care of yourself and be yourself
Take your time, be yourself and you will pick up the speed (from Enrico).
With massive thanks to all North Hearts Speakers who contributed to write this blog.
Rossana Espinoza, VP Public Relations