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April 15, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 87

Recently a contractor came in to my office, dressed all in black, on a Monday demanding money for a job I had never heard of. I calmly asked him to let me see a copy the original invoice or bill signed by the superintendent of the job that it was completed and asked to see photographs of the work completed.

He said he did not have any invoices or photos with him. I looked directly at him replied calmly, despite the nastily made demand for money when he arrived in my office and asked him to return when he had the required invoice, signed by the superintendent of the job and with the photographs of the work completed.

I also asked him for his name, his phone number and what job he was supposed to have completed. After he left, I wrote down the time he came into my office and how he behaved.

I learned how to talk to difficult people through being a member of a Toastmaster club. Do you believe in investing in yourself to improve your skills?

What are the six benefits you can learn at Toastmasters?

1) Toastmasters can give you the skills and confidence to speak quickly and clearly in response to almost anyone's tirade. During a Toastmasters meeting the Table Topics Master will ask an unknown question to a Toastmaster member and give them 1-2 minutes to answer. This gives them the opportunity to quickly think of an answer. This is a wonderful way to overcome your fear of speaking in front of others.

2) Toastmasters clubs teach their members, through their manual speeches, how to prepare speeches, how to deliver speeches, how to critically think and improve their written and oral presentation skills. Every new Toastmaster is offered a Mentor to help them improve their speeches at a faster rate. Most speeches in the manuals are 5-7 minutes and are timed. Constructive feedback is given in a positive friendly atmosphere. Every manual speech has an Evaluator who will listen critically to tell the speaker what the speaker needs to improve and what they did well. Constructive feedback.

3) Improve your listening skills. Listening to others is an important part of Leadership. Dr. John Maxwell the Leadership guru says "Everyone Communicates, Few Connect". In learning to connect with others it is imperative that you learn to listen! By listening to others we will be connecting with them learning their stories and helping to solve their problems and ours as well just by listening.

4) Toastmasters meetings teach time management as each club has a printed Agenda to stay within the time allotted for each part of the meeting. (Meetings begin and end on time.)

5) Toastmasters clubs teach leadership abilities by having every Toastmaster in the club participate in a meeting. Each Toastmaster has some role to fulfill during the meeting. Nobody sits on the sidelines like a spectator at toastmaster. Developing leadership opportunities.

6) To be a member of a Toastmasters club is "Cost effective" The cost is $6 a month that's $1.50 a week or $36 for 6 months. You too can invest in yourself and your future.

You have a wonderful opportunity at a Toastmasters Club to improve your speaking, communication and leadership skills for 25 cents a day. College and University courses are very expensive and you can spend thousands of dollars a year per course. The question is can you afford not to join Toastmasters? The choice is yours!

Madeline Frank, Ph.D. is an Best Selling Author, sought after speaker, business owner, teacher, researcher, and concert artist. She helps businesses and organizations "Tune Up their Businesses". Her innovative observations show you the blue prints necessary to improve and keep your businesses successful. She writes a monthly newsletter "Madeline's Monthly Article & Musical Tips" and a monthly radio show "Madeline's One Minute Musical Radio Show". She has just published her new book "Leadership On A Shoestring Budget".

If you need a speaker contact Madeline at:

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