Finding out about Shropshire Speakers
It was a phone conversation with my brother in Canada when I first learnt about Toastmasters. He had just joined in Vancouver and recommended that I go along to a club in Shropshire. Intrigued by this, I decided to Google ‘Toastmasters’ and a few clicks later I was reading all about Shropshire Speakers.
I’ll be honest with you, I have a mind that will talk itself out of most opportunities. For some reason, it will always see the negatives: What if I don’t enjoy it? What if no one speaks to me? etc… Thus, it took a few weeks before I decided to take the plunge and attend one of the meetings.
Joining Shropshire Speakers
I always remember my mother telling me “you will enjoy it when you get there” normally on the way to school or something similar to calm my nerves.
On this occasion my mother’s old adage was true, I certainly did enjoy it. I was greeted by friendly and smiling faces and felt more than welcome. I returned for a few meetings as a guest until I decided to join as a full member. It didn’t take me long to realise the benefits of joining.
I have now been a member for twelve months and have no regrets in taking the plunge last year.
So why did I join I hear you asking? Primarily it was to boost my self-confidence, communication skills and public speaking. What I didn’t appreciate at the time of joining was that you can expect to learn and improve a whole host of skills, from leadership, the ability to evaluate, give and receive constructive feedback and thinking while you speak.
Public Speaking: No Looking Back
If you’re looking for a club that could benefit all aspects of your life, this is it. There’s no looking back, it has helped me both socially and also given me the confidence to set up my new plant hire business. Come along and see for yourself. If you don’t believe me, listen to my mother “You’ll enjoy it when you get there”!