Because I am a member of Meetup.com I stumbled on to this incredible organization called Toastmasters, which is an absolutely perfect match or compliment to anyone in commercial real estate, or any business for that matter. My only regret is that I was not aware of Toastmasters until Meetup.com showed me the light.I stumbled on to this incredible organization called Toastmasters, which is an absolutely perfect match or compliment to anyone in commercial real estate, or any business for that matter.Click To Tweet
In my particular case I attended my first Toastmaster event hosted by Morelli House Toastmasters Club 5186332 in Las Vegas. I was so impressed by the entire experience that I immediately signed up and joined the Toastmasters main organization. Within a few meetings I had felt that I picked up so many insights into speaking and presenting myself, as well as a little more confidence. I really thought that Toastmasters would be good for me as I want to start a podcast and I want to do a really good job and speak in a professional manner and articulate clearly.
Additionally, I am eager to learn the methodology of crafting speeches and organizing my thoughts so the presentations I make are on point, organized and articulate the message I want to present. I have a long way to go in my training, but I am just loving the discipline, exposure to a new network of professionals, and the added confidence I am gaining from this training.
What Is It About?
The meeting is formal and there are specific aspects to each meeting that are also fun. For example there is the “Word of the Day”, the “Table Topics” (impromptu speeches), Educational Moment and formal speeches presented. I am just riveted by the quality of these speakers and the seriousness of their craft. It is fun to hear why others are involved and learn about their reasons, which range from improving confidence to hosting better meetings at work. Many of the attendees express their success in achieving personal best for speeches they have given for family gatherings and even eulogies.
Warm and Fuzzy
I love the encouragement given to one another too. There is always applause as the members leave the podium or if anyone speaks and it offers fabulous exposure to business etiquette, including body language do’s and don’ts. I do not know if I am just so super lucky to have stumbled on to this particular group of professionals or if all of the Toastmaster clubs are this good, but I am hooked. I really am trying to shout to the rooftops to all of my dearest colleagues that Toastmasters is a win-win. Like I said, I truly regret that in my entire career no one ever suggested this to me. So that is why I am suggesting it to all of you.I really am trying to shout to the rooftops to all of my dearest colleagues that Toastmasters is a win-win. Click To Tweet
Now for the small world. One of our fabulous theBrokerList members, Nina Steiner called me today to tell me about her exciting experiences recently. One of the first things she shares with me is her recent exposure to Toastmasters. When she said Toastmasters I was so excited! She is the first colleague in commercial real estate that has mentioned their name to me! Well here is what Nina had to say and she gave me permission to share her story here:
I attended a toastmasters meeting yesterday while canvassing office buildings in El Segundo. It was just what I needed to boost confidence in public speaking. I’m looking around to attend more meetings. Learning speaking and listening skills is a priority for me now. I gave a “table topic talk” and everyone votes for the best one – lo & behold I won! It seems like a great way to meet new colleagues and friends so I’m on the path.-Nina Steiner, Commercial Real Estate Services, Specializing in Tenant & Buyer Representation, Bailes & Associates, Inc. Los Angeles, CA
Run, Don’t Walk to Toastmasters
Anybody reading this blog should check it out. Toastmasters is everywhere from what I understand. If it is not in your area, call me and I am happy to ask what you can do about that. I would imagine they would let you start your own club if need be.
In life you often stumble on things that you cannot believe you did not know about your entire life. Finding Toastmasters is one of those things to me. When I think back on all of the new business presentations and meetings and talks and webinars and podcasts and interviews, etc. that I have done, I can just scream to think I did not have any clue what I was doing or how I sounded, etc. If you are in business and your job is to communicate to others, this training is vital. Now maybe there are other programs like this through colleges, or other organizations so no matter what, consider some coaching in this area so you are the best communicator you can be and you gain the confidence you need to be able to speak in front of people. For many, including me, I have always dreaded it and never felt confident so please do not go through your entire career feeling that way! Do something about it and see if it helps you. If you do, please let me know so I can share your story too!In life you often stumble on things that you cannot believe you did not know about your entire life.Click To Tweet