The marriage equality debate showed the advantage of having community members who can articulate their thoughts and ideas clearly.
In today’s world, communication skills are a premium asset, not only benefiting the community but also individuals. Despite modern technology, many of our everyday interactions are verbal.
Strong verbal communication skills enhance our communications on all levels, teaching us to formulate our scattered ideas into cohesive thought lines we can articulate clearly to listeners.
Most of us have attended meetings where speakers rambled forever without any obvious point, oblivious to a cringing audience thinking, “What the hell are they talking about?” You don’t have to be that person.
Many people are intimidated by the idea of speaking their minds but even the greatest orators were not born moving the masses with their golden tongues.
Effective communication is a learned skill and here in Brisbane we have the opportunity to learn that skill in an inclusive and welcoming environment. Pride Toastmasters Brisbane provides inclusive personal and professional opportunities to members and friends of Brisbane’s rainbow community.
“Joining Toastmasters was the best investment I have ever made in my self-development,” Mark Snow from Toastmasters International told QN Magazine.
“When I first started, I was very shy and unsure of myself around other people, but now I have the skills and self-confidence to step up to whatever challenge I find myself in, whether it’s giving a work presentation, chatting at a family gathering, or networking at a community event.
“Since 1924, Toastmasters has helped millions of people worldwide to become better community, family and business leaders, and every member has a huge range of opportunities to develop their skills, make new friends, and build their networks locally and globally.
“Pride Toastmasters is all about creating a positive and inclusive space for everyone who wants to invest in their personal development and unlock their full potential.
“Our members come from all walks of life, and together we have fantastic time learning new skills, encouraging each other to greater heights, and getting involved in the rainbow community.
“It’s really rewarding for me to see our members develop over time, even in just a few months.
“The Toastmasters model of learning-by-doing with plenty of encouraging feedback really helps people to overcome their reservations and reap the rewards from having a go. There is no failure here, only growth.”
To find out more about Pride Toastmasters, visit their Facebook page here.
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