When I first heard about Toastmasters International, my mind was all about toasted bread. This is a common thought for most people who are just introduced to Toastmasters International.
The fact is that Toastmasters is a non-profit organization (an educational organization) where you can learn leadership skills and speaking skills. Toastmasters started in one single area in a single town with a reason of helping people for their personal growth. I left secondary education with no confidence when I am standing in front of other learners, but after I joined Toastmasters, there was no more fear of presenting.
Toastmasters International is still growing worldwide and is helping people to learn and grow. I imagine Toastmasters international like a worldwide university which has different learning pathways in competition with profitable for colleges and universities. Toastmasters have a high percentage of people who have been trying to learn and are impacting life massively.
Toastmasters International has so many African leaders, i.e. Presidents, Ministers down to local governance, who know how to lead, but they are either straggling to speak or need leadership skills.
Toastmasters International is the platform where you can find your learning pathways for practising and be more competent. We need to stop reading when we are giving a speech; we need to have effective communication as a leader, and we need to get confident.
By Matt MK
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