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My New Addiction: Toastmasters I-Connect

Have I already shared, that aside from being a counselor, I also dream of becoming a resource speaker someday? If this is the first time you’re hearing this, well, yes, that’s one of my dreams. 🙂

With that dream, I decided to hone my speaking skills, hence I returned to Toastmasters, only to a different club for that matter. If you’re unfamiliar with Toastmasters, it is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. In the Philippines alone, there are already 155+ clubs and 2500+ members.

Last Saturday, I just delivered my first basic speech entitled “past, present, future.” Hubby and I used to be members of Manila Bay Club when we were still dating. But due to wedding preparation, we became busy and were not able to attend anymore. Add to the fact that, we are now residing here in Pasig and Manila Bay club’s location is quite far from us.

Hubby went back ahead of me early last year, he is now on his seventh basic speech while I on my second.

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Why addiction? Oh, I’m already planning for my topics and speech structures for my succeeding speech projects. Plus, I love the atmosphere that this club has, it’s more relaxed, laid back and informal unlike the previous club we attended.

Most members here are just about our age-bracket, they aren’t slang when they talk, they’re fun and most of all they are great speakers. I’m sure I will really learn a lot from them. Hubby was not mistaken at all in choosing the right club for us.

So this year, I’m adding speaking to the skills that I’m currently working on, with writing and house keeping. I hope that there’ll be no conflict in my schedule come June when I go take my masters.

So what about you?

What skills are you trying to hone for this year?

 

13 Comments

  1. I like that ha! My husband always gives lectures/talks, but he feels he still needs to improve his speaking skills. I’ll let him know about Toastmasters. 🙂

    The skills I’m planning to improve on this year are my multimedia skills. I want to get into design eh.

    1. really sis? Galing pala ng hubby mo eh… if he’s interested, pwede sya mag-guest muna, observe observe lang bago sya magdecide magmember. Sa I-Connect club, we meet every Saturday, 3-6pm near Puregold, Shaw.

      Go for your multi-media skill improvement! Tamang tama, hope mag submit ka ng badge design sa mom blogs ha… =)

  2. Hi Nova! I know about Toastmaster from my mother-in-law. She attends one every Thursday at her office. I really think that it’s great for honing your public speaking skills. My MIL was very shy before, but now, not so much. If I wasn’t so busy with med school, I would like to attend this too.

    1. Ooh, really sis? Maybe she’s a Distinguished Toastmasters already 🙂 There also stages/titles that a member could have.
      I can imagine how busy you are as a med student given your residencies and exams.

  3. Ang galing niyo ni hubby mo sis, active kayo sa different groups.

    For me, my teaching skills pa rin. Learning new methods and other strategies so I can pass it on to others. I guess it’s really my passion.

    1. Thank you for introducing Toastmasters, I never really knew we had such groups here. I am reading about them now.

      My work entails me to speak in front of an audience on a regular basis, but I never really had formal training on pubic speaking. I am considering joining Toastmasters once I muster the courage to join and be rated by strangers.

      For your question, I intend to work on my home making skills since I will be staying at home for the rest of the year.

      1. Hi sis Desiree! There’s nothing to be feared in evaluation, any group you will find has an encouraging atmosphere. Once you were evaluated you will feel really encouraged and improve your craft next time. They will really stress your strengths, they will tell you things like, “I like they way you engaged the audience with your speech, you really got their attention. Your voice has a good quality and good intonation… etc.” And then the way they would suggest for improvement goes something like this, “For your next speech you may improve on your speech structure, blaha blah. But overall, I like your whole delivery.” You will hear no criticisms here, only positive suggestions from the member-evaluators. If you live in Pasig or Manda, you may want to be a guest in our club 🙂

    2. Thanks sis! Actually madalas, impluwensyahan lang talaga 🙂 Si hubby talaga ang may alam about TM and shared it to me.

      Being a teacher is a great vocation. More power to your calling and skill building =)

  4. I was once a member of Toastmasters International. I liked it. It helps to boost your confidence and improve your speaking skills.
    More power Toastmasters!

    1. You can return if you want sis 🙂

  5. Good for you sis! Actually most of my colleagues in this club are trainers. It’s a pretty interesting job especially if you’re into people and public speaking. 🙂
    These colleagues of mine, they join Toastmasters competitions and bag awards not just for themselves but for the club as well. 🙂

  6. Camille Diana Juarez

    I just googled Toastmasters and there is a list of clubs at
    http://www.toastmasters.ph/index.php/find-a-club/luzon2

    1. Hi Camille! Thanks for that additional source. 🙂 Hope you’re enjoying your toastmasters club 🙂

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