Saturday, January 22, 2011

Toastmasters - a safe environment to fail

Zig Ziglar, a powerful motivational speaker said "You can achieve everything you want in life, if you can help others get what they want". Similarly, in Toastmasters, we learn NOT just by delivering speeches. But, also by helping others to excel in communication. Toastmasters provide an opportunity for everyone to take up leadership and mentoring roles. If success in communication is a huge mountain to climb, you see toastmasters lending a helping hand to pull you from the valley to the mountain top.

Toastmasters provide you a safe environment to fail. You cannot afford to fail in your work place. When you fail at your work place, your promotion and pay hike may be at risk. You cannot afford to fail in your college. When you fail in college, your degree completion may be at risk. But, within these four walls of toastmasters, failing is encouraged. Because, the more we fail, the more we learn. Fellow toastmasters do not discourage you when you make mistakes. They give the same quality applause, to all the speakers. They help you to identify your strengths and areas of improvement. They give you constructive feedback. They help you to achieve excellence in communication and leadership, thereby helping themselves to excel.

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