Wednesday, December 3, 2008

what about toastmasters?

Olivia Mitchell at the well-done Speaking about Presenting blog tackles the question of whether you should consider Toastmasters to learn speaking and presenting skills--and how to get the most out of it if you do.

Mitchell--who says she became a confident speaker through Toastmasters--recommends the program, as I do, especially for people who want to build confidence, practice skills, and do so in a genial feedback setting at low cost. Mitchell makes the distinction, however, that Toastmasters doesn't go far enough for business presentation skills and message development (the latter is a core skill if you want to make your presentations memorable, and want to speak extemporaneously). And because she feels Toastmasters doesn't offer experienced speakers enough to further hone their skills, she offers tips for longstanding members who want to keep learning more.