One of the main benefits of Toastmasters is that there is a structured plan for learning and development available to all members. This includes practical tasks specifically designed to improve Public Speaking and Leadership skills.
Toastmasters is currently in the process of transitioning from the long-standing educational plan to a new, more flexible plan called Pathways.
Here is a short interview with one of our members, Sonya, who reflects on her Toastmasters journey. In just over a year, Sonya has completed both of the first structured learning plans: Competent Communicator and Competent Leader.
Please introduce yourself and tell us why you joined Shropshire Speakers?
My name is Sonya and I have been a member of Shropshire Speakers since January 2017.
To begin with I wanted to be a better Speaker and to be able to gain more confidence in this area.
I found the club online and it was located just around the corner from where I lived. I went to the club out of interest to see what they were all about.
What advice would you give to anyone thinking of attending the club?
I think the first thing that you need to overcome is the fact that you think you can’t do this, when really you can, and then to actually get your foot through the door and push yourself forward, and start attending these meetings.
What do you feel have been your main achievements during your time with Shropshire Speakers?
During my time at Shropshire Speakers I have managed to complete my Competent Communicator Award. This comprised of ten structured speeches up to seven minutes long, which I enjoyed doing. I have continued on to complete my Bronze Award which was also obtained while I attended another Speaking club in Ludlow.
This brings me to where I am now. I am ready to receive my Competent Leadership Award which has now been completed. It has been a focused journey and I have met some really nice people along the way. I now look forward to continually moving on, and to see the new start of Pathways.