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Is toastmasters worth it?


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Help. Is toastmasters worth the money and time investment? Why?

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J. Wesley Pennington
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Depends upon your objectives, your time commitment and time horizon.  For me, it was a very good experience and helped my career immensely.  My particular objective was better communication/presentations, rather than public speaking per se.

Some aspects to consider:

  • For me, the 'secrect sauce' was continal practice in front of a group, with weekly repition.  In my TM group, every attendee stood and spoke, even if for 1 minute, at each meeting-but not all groups do this, see TM group selection discussion below.
  • The TM program is not one-and-done; You should plan to give it a year of weekly meetings (with allowances for vacation and travel, etc) to achieve the first level of competency.  (if you need faster results, I recommend a different venue or a personal coach)
  • Many TM groups can have different meeting formats (1- or 2-hour) and meet at different times (b'fast, lunch, dinner), and different personalities.  Visit 2-3 TM groups as a guest to see what works best for your goals.  I went to a 1.5 hour evening/dinner group, which in my opinion, was more relaxed, and less time sensitive, than breakfast or lunch groups, where you were always looking at your watch).
  • Get a buddy to join with you.  Makes it tougher not to attend.
  • Finally, once you complete the program, volunteer for any public speaking or class instruction you can find, in order to practice those new skills!

Good luck with your program.

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HELPFUL. Thank you. I came across a blog with pros/cons, too. https://blog.jvf.com/what-i-hate-about-toastmasters/

 

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