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All Things Toastmasters!

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Toastmasters is not a product but rather a service. I have plans to apply Design Thinking to my club through discussions among our members. Also, the Toastmasters members are the customers here. So, basically, I want to apply Design Thinking to a service with the customers in the same room.

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I want to improve my public speaking skill, and I've given a lot of thoughts to join Toastmasters Club in New Delhi, India. But my speaking English, which isn't good, always creates a doubt in my mind.

Should I first improve my English, and then join Toastmasters?

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I would suggest rephrasing the question to “How can my Toastmasters portfolio improve my university application?”

When it comes to applying for a job or an educational pursuit I believe that nowadays it is more important to illustrate what you can do, rather than what you have done.

My understanding is that many institutes of higher learning are looking for candidates that give back to their community as a way of life, rather than a way to manipulate a system for personal gain. I have seen this with colleagues who have applied for entrance to medical and pharmaceutical university. There are a lot of qualified, brilliant applicants out there. You need to position yourself so you stand out from the rest.

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4 ClubMeetingsv3As a 22-year + member of Toastmasters, I have continually found more reasons to stay in Toastmasters than I have to quit.

I’m fond of a quote from a Past International President of Toastmasters and I paraphrase her “If you get everything out of Toastmasters that you can get out of Toastmasters, you will never get out of Toastmasters.”

During those 22 years of Toastmastering I have seen numerous reasons that people quit. I would say almost all of the reasons, if not all, are the same ones shared by other organizations and are not specific to Toastmasters.

Here are some reasons that people leave Toastmasters, based on my personal experience. They are not in order of priority or incidence.

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As Matthew Kleinosky says “Absolutely!”

While it may seem that you are causing an imposition for your fellow club members, you are actually doing them a favour by not delivering your speech. It might even better to stay home until your cough clears.

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There have been some good answers to this question that seem to cover almost everything that I would have to say.

Belonging to multiple clubs isn’t common but neither is it uncommon. At different times in my Toastmasters career I have belonged to three clubs at the same time. One was my home club that meets weekly. Another an Advanced club that met monthly and another club we were working towards chartering.

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At the risk of restating what others before me have said, I believe the value of anything to be subjective.

Our Toastmasters educational program is a self-directed, open-ended program that is also not a pass/fail one. I understand that many school organizations have problems with the concept of the educational program not being quantifiable.

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This question is a flipside to the question of What are the reasons to quit Toastmasters. You can read my response to that question at https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-reason-to-quit-Toastmasters/answer/Rae-Stonehouse

There isn’t a one-size fits all answer to this question. If a member is getting everything out of the program that they can get out of the program, they will likely stay a member. I’m going on 23 years. Toastmasters is a part of my daily life. Rarely a day goes by where I’m not either working on something Toastmaster related or something that has been created due to my involvement with Toastmasters.

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It depends if you are going to watch it or participate in it.

The World Championship of Public Speaking is a progressive contest process owned and operated by Toastmasters International. The winner gets extreme bragging rights as the World Champion of Public Speaking.

I would suspect that there are few if any World Champion of Public Speaking Authors here on Quora, so anything that any of us can provide is purely theoretical.

I don’t believe that there is a one-size-fits-all strategy to become a world champion.

The speech should be entertaining, informative, persuasive, and inspiring. I don’t know how to combine them. do you have any topic that contain those four aspects?

 

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I’m going to take a different approach to my answer than others have taken. I don’t believe that you need suggestions from anyone for specific topics. The answer is already within you.

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