Earning Educational Goals on my Journey to Personal Improvement

Earning Educational Goals on my Journey to Personal Improvement

By Greg Pick, DTM, Past District Director

What can you get from participating in Toastmasters?

As I continued my Toastmasters journey this year, I wondered where to put my focus. I have a DTM. I’ve given dozens of speeches. I’ve served in many leadership roles. What is left for me to talk about? I did a skill check and chose three advanced manuals from the Traditional Program that addressed the areas I felt were my weak points: Storytelling, Humorous, and Public Relations. Completing these speech projects stretched my abilities. I also continued to work and refresh fundamental speaking skills by completing Competent Communication manuals. I selected two Pathways Learning Experience paths to ensure that I maintained familiarity with navigating the online learning processes. Next year I plan to complete the two paths as I continue to build skills by participating in Toastmasters.

In addition to the speaking skills I continue to sharpen and develop, I chose to continue to serve in district leadership roles to support my fellow members. Not only do I enjoy seeing the growth and skills develop in others, I continue to grow in the areas of interpersonal communications, establishing a vision, motivating and encouraging others, and building relationships. I believe my greatest gains have been the numerous friendships and precious memories I’ve made by participating in Toastmasters.

My Why – improved speaking skills, watching others grow, and making friends.  What will you get from your Toastmasters Journey?