"I tell people that public speaking is important in every facet of your professional career, and it is never too early or late to start."
- Founding and leading a Toastmasters club on my college campus
- Delivering speeches that relay my passions
- Attending my first Toastmasters division contest (October 2014)
Within several months of joining Toastmasters, I formed a club at Chapman University in Orange, California, comprising undergraduate students, faculty and staff. I am currently president of the CU Toastmasters, and also a member of another club in Orange, the Paul Revere Toastmasters.
I attribute all of my success as a leader and young professional to my involvement with Toastmasters. My aptitude for public speaking and the confidence I have developed comes from regular practice in front of an audience. I joined at the recommendation of another student’s father, who was on one of the campus tours I led. He told me I had talent and the potential to become even better at public speaking. I went to my first meeting and have not looked back.
As college students, many of us are still very young and timid when it comes to public speaking. The club’s members undergo a remarkable change as they become more confident and professional. The lessons learned include skills not only in public speaking but also group facilitation, business acumen and organizational management.
I know meeting at 8 p.m. does not seem ideal to many others, but in the busy life of the average college student, there is no better time. You would think meeting so late would be exhausting, but I often find myself feeling energized when we adjourn the meeting. I am motivated by the members’ different stories and ideas, and how we all learn more about one another.I tell people that public speaking is important in every facet of your professional career, and it is never too early or late to start. It is where you will find individuals who share your passion for self- improvement and developing as a leader. You grow with the help of your club members and they grow with your help.