“I’ve become convinced that a person’s impact in the world is much greater when he or she is a good communicator and leader.”
- Achieving the Advanced Communicator Bronze
- Gaining valuable leadership experience by serving in multiple officer roles in two clubs
- Connecting with a mentor and two “master mind” members through Toastmasters
I am a Project Manager (PMP)® at 3Sixty Integrated [a technology security company] in San Antonio, Texas, and hold a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering and a master’s in aerospace engineering.
As a strong and natural introvert, part of me wanted to believe that if I just focused on being a great technical engineer, my speaking and presentation skills wouldn’t matter. But I was also ambitious, and I realized that more responsibility and success would mean representing myself, my group and my company in front of important audiences.
I’ve learned that if I don’t continually exercise my public speaking and group interaction “muscles,” my skills regress quickly. I’ve become convinced that a person’s impact in the world is much greater when he or she is a good communicator and leader. Toastmasters is the most effective, efficient and fun way I’ve found to practice my skills.
My 15 years in Toastmasters is what helped me learn to communicate effectively in my career. The need for honest, confident and accurate communication is important when you work on complex systems, such as aircraft and spacecraft, which involve human lives.
In my book How To Be a Rocket Scientist, I teach people that it’s within their reach to have a career in aerospace. I explain how there is more to aerospace than rockets and science, and reveal different steps people can take to move toward a rewarding career in the various fields of aerospace.