Have you wondered how to get the most out of 2014? Do you want a new challenge? Service is a challenging skill in itself. And it is a form of leadership.
We reach a point, in our Toastmasters journey, where we mastered the basic skills. Maybe you have performed a few speeches. Perhaps you tried lots of speech objectives as a participant at Speechcraft. It is now time to give something back to the world.
There are plenty of ways to teach others in Toastmasters. Volunteering at Speechcraft is a valuable challenge to try in 2014. It means prioritising someone else’s time above our own. It means trusting our own abilities enough to teach other people.
If you need a bit of convincing before volunteering at Speechcraft, just remember your first days in the course. You grew so much in both understanding and certainty.
I needed so much guidance when learning at Speechcraft, or even at my first club. There were lots of technique to learn. But something more important happened.
Experienced Toastmasters congratulated me for stepping up to the stage and giving it a try. They acknowledged the daunting nervous feelings we all had. These volunteers encouraged every Speechcrafter to participate, not worrying about perfection.
The next cohort of Speechcrafters will need just as much encouragement. They will feel uncertain about their abilities. Each speaker will have unique strengths to be reminded of. It will be up to us to be the source of encouragement.
2014 will be an exciting year. We all have different personal goals within Toastmasters. Maybe Wednesdays are not free for everyone. But there are other formal and informal opportunities to mentor. As we gain so much from the club in every meeting, let’s also give something back.