I joined Toastmasters in 2012, wanting to improve my stage skills (I wanted to be a comedian. Still working on it!)
From my first meeting I was welcomed and supported in my journey. The members of all the clubs where I have been a member are very kind and understanding, and I received a lot of help in achieving my desired outcomes. I developed my speech writing and presentation skills by delivering various speeches; but I also learned organisational and leadership skills while organising events, mentoring new members and being a club officer.
The skills I learned at the club and from other members I have applied to my work, where I have been able to achieve more, and most importantly make others aware of my achievements. This has led to several job advancements and more recognition in the workplace.
I have now been a member for over 10 years, and I am still learning new skills. But what I love most about Toastmasters, is the opportunity to help others learn and achieve their goals.