Post written by Moira Beaton DTM
Photography: Olga Drewnowska, member of  Waverley Communicators

A few of the Waverley members: John Wood (far left), Ivor Fennel, Club Treasurer (4th from left), Neil MacLure, Club President - 7th from left), Eduard Kutas - next to Neil)

A few of the Waverley members: John Wood (far left), Ivor Fennel, Club Treasurer (4th from left), Neil MacLure, Club President – 7th from left), Eduard Kutas – next to Neil)

 

Darren Lacroix, world champion of public speaking, said:

No-one joins Toastmasters to speak at Toastmasters.

That’s true. Most people join in order to speak more confidently and fluently outside Toastmasters – to give better presentations at work, impress potential employers at job interviews, get their point across, and the many other situations where the ability to speak well is important.

WIBF_Nov2014For the past 3 years, Waverley Communicators has taken Toastmasters to the WIBF (Women in Banking and Finance) in Edinburgh.

Not only does this take Toastmasters to the wider community, it also challenges club members by giving them the opportunity to speak outside their club. It’s a challenge – to speak to an audience of strangers – but everyone who has spoken outside the club, has said it has added another layer of confidence to their speaking.

On Wednesday, several members from the club ran a Toastmasters demo meeting/workshop for the WIBF.

Everyone enjoyed it and  the WIBF members rose to the occasion during  Table Topics.

It’s good to get out, not only to other Toastmaster clubs, but out into the community. Take any chance you can to speak outside your club. And if your club is already speaking at external events, we want to know about it.

Moira Beaton is the webmaster at Waverley Communicators and Assistant Division S Governor. She is also a freelance writer. Find out more at http://www.moirambeaton.com