How Toastmasters helped me be a published author
When I attended my first Toastmasters meeting 9 years ago, I had no idea of where it would lead! I wanted a hobby of my own – nothing to do with being a Mom. At Cape Town Toastmasters club, I saw speakers who entertained me, informed me and captivated me. I immediately knew I wanted to be like them. As I got involved in speaking, I also chose to get involved in the leadership opportunities on offer. I started off being a club leader, and now serve in an international role.
In the process, I developed my own speaking and leadership skills and a passion for helping others do the same. Things changed dramatically when I received a call from someone who wanted help with their public speaking. I invited him to attend one of our meetings, but he said he was too busy – and asked if I could I help him. I bravely said yes, and he became my first speech coaching client. (I had no idea there was such a thing until then!). Slowly but surely, my client base grew. I went on to get a speech coaching certification. One day I worked with a client wanting to create an unforgettable wedding speech. That experience, together with the pain of enduring far too many terrible wedding speeches, led to my publishing my first book The Wedding Speakers Guide.
As I grew in my leadership development, I became aware that many of my leadership traits worked well – I also became aware that other people wanted to learn what tactics and approaches worked. The insights, tools and techniques I share in Speak Connect Succeed – Build your Reputation as you Speak are tried, trusted and proven. This book has already achieved #1 New Release status in three categories on Amazon. My greatest wish is that this book will help anyone who reads it achieve the successes they dream about as they learn to speak, connect and succeed.