How to Succeed in Toastmasters

Do the Toastmasters ProgramNovember, to me, is translated into NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo is a fun, seat-of-your-pants writing approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59pm on November 30. is there to help you every step of the way with encouragement, forums and even resources to kick start your creative juices every day.

It is the perfect personal challenge for writers and those aspiring to write their first novel to get their words onto the page. It can be a powerful tool for kick starting a writing career or even just developing the habit of writing.

It works if you do the program.

I feel the same is true for Toastmasters.

In an article on, “Toastmasters has the tools to begin to make the lasting shift that so many who are struggling with communication and leadership issues have longed for…but it doesn’t happen by SITTING in a meeting. It happens when you DO THE PROGRAM.”

Toastmasters program includes a series of projects laid out in two manuals — the Competent Leadership and Competent Communication. The projects help to give members skills and confidence in leadership and every day communication. But its not enough to just go to a meeting.

The beauty of the organization comes from the one-on-one interactions with the members and the sharing of knowledge that occurs during the weekly meetings. Don’t just attend the meetings. Share your experience, knowledge and skills by signing up for meeting roles. Participant in each meeting.

It works if you do the program.

Note: Special thanks to Sandy W. for suggesting the article as a possible blog posting.

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