I have joined a Toastmasters International club. Within 6 months it changed me from a shy, scared-to-speak-in-front-of-people -person, to a confident speaker! I can now stand up and speak with confidence. It made me a better speaker, a better listener, a better grammarian, and at the same time I had lots of fun and made new friends!
Toastmasters not only develop your speaking- and listening skills, but also make you a better leader. It gives you plenty of opportunity to talk, to listen, to lead, to plan, manage and implement. It gives you positive feedback and advice on how to improve. You will meet people from all walks of life. We learn and at the same time we network. You get all these experiences in a very safe environment - all of us are learning.
If you are in the Johannesburg area, more specifically in Illovo, Sandton, and you would like to attend a weekday morning Toastmasters Club, then I can recommend Rio Illovo Toastmaster Club. You can get all their details here. Rio Illovo Toastmasters club is hosted inside the Rio Tinto Management Services building (corner of Melville- and Harries road, Illovo) and is open for the public to join. Our club usually meets every second Friday morning from 07:30 to 09:30.
If you are in other areas (worldwide!), then visit the Toastmasters International website for details about the club, and how to locate a club in your area.
If you think Toastmasters is not for you... then it probably is exactly what you need.
See some of the club photos here.
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