Saturday, April 23, 2011


Are you looking for ways to build your platform? You're writing, blogging, twittering... have you thought about speaking?

Toastmasters International is an educational organisation that specialises in public speaking. Here are some reasons to check it out:

- Build your confidence.
- Boost your self esteem.
- Network.
- Develop leadership skills.
- Meet awesome people.
- Get qualifications.
- Practice public speaking*!

(*Just in time for your book signings!)

Face your fears or hone your skills in a friendly and supportive environment.
Keen? Find a club near you.

Would public speaking skills help you in your quest for world domination?

Keep kicking ass!


  1. Last year I joined a Toastmasters Club and enjoyed the meetings, hearing the speeches, and joining in the extra events. I just wish there was more time in the week to continue. Maybe your blog post today will get me kick-started.

  2. I´ve never heard of it before. Just checked their website. Surprisingly there are about 54 clubs in Germany. I´ll have to chek them out! Great post - thanks for sharing...btw. I am no. 137 ;-)

  3. Hey Jolene ~~ I've heard of Toastmasters but haven't really checked it out .
    I have a phobia when it comes to public speaking which is inexplicable because I'm in the entertainment /educational fields , so I'm always in front of crowds/learners . Ask me to stand up and sing , or teach a class and I'll do it with ease ! But I can't stand in front of an audience and deliver an impromptu speech ~ I freeze !!
    Strange but true !!


  4. I hate public speaking. I do however love that comic. haha

  5. @Gail - Ooh, it sounds like you had a blast! I totally understand the whole finding time thing, and I so hope that this is a kick start for you!

    @Hanna - 54 and 137: my new favorite numbers :P I really love that Toastmasters is an international organisation :) It means you can pop into a club anywhere in the world and meet people who understand completely where you're coming from!

    @MISH - Ooh, it sounds like you'd be able to hone your impromptu skills and inspire people at the same time! (That's what is so cool - everyone brings their own skills and challenges :))

    @Steph - Yay, maybe we've planted a seed??

    @Read my books - Me, too! :)

  6. I think I will stick to hiding behind my keyboard for now! :)

  7. @Rebecca –Yay for the Internet! Now, even the shyest writers can build a platform – without “speaking” at all :)