I have spent considerable time in sales in my life and have generally found it easy to relate with others through a mixture of humour and empathy.
I have certainly been able to tweak and refine my public speaking skills through Toastmasters, for which I am genuinely grateful.
Where I have benefitted he most, however, is in the realm of leadership.
It is true that after joining Toastmasters, I was able in the years subsequent to that, to become:
- A City Councillor in the capital city of South Africa (Pretoria);
- Deputy Regional Chairperson for a political party which now leads the governing coalition in the city I live in;
- An Area Director (where I oversaw the performance of a number of branches and mentored and assisted them to be the best they could be).
I have learnt a great deal about working with teams, motivating people and have gained in confidence at the same time.
I wholeheartedly encourage any corporate entity to harness the benefits of Toastmasters for its employees.
Former Area Director /Ward Councillor