Is the Reason you Joined Toastmasters the Same Reason you Stayed?

Is the Reason you Joined Toastmasters the Same Reason you Stayed?

*For those who don’t know, Toastmasters is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. I joined the “Schooner Toastmasters” club in Larry Uteck, Nova Scotia in April of 2015. I originally gave this topic as a speech, and was asked to turn it into an article, but I decided to share it on my person blog as well. Anytime I want to improve a skill, I devour every book possible on the subject. As I completed the 4th or 5th sales book, there was one common piece of advice they all recommended – become a great communicator. And the best possible way of doing that? By joining a local Toastmasters club. So, I joined in 2015. I joined to improve my communication skills, which in turn, would improve my ability to sell. The funny thing is, while I joined for this reason, it wasn’t the reason I kept coming back. Growing up and through university, I played competitive basketball. I was always on a team. And I liked being part of a team. As I grew older, I began to miss this part of basketball. Sure, shooting hoops was still fun, but a big part was still missing. Soon after university, I started working remotely, and before I knew it, I was spending a lot of time working alone in coffee shops or my apartment. When I joined Toastmasters, I became a part of a team again. The sense of community simply blew me away. Everyone is there for a common goal: to improve their own communication skills and...