Toastmasters – Local chapter “Outliers” open to new members “Raise your value to present your best self”
In my current job, I write speeches and proofread documents for the Chancellor’s Office at College of the Canyons. This work gives me the opportunity to read the biographies of highly qualified COC faculty members. Their biographies are impressive as they capture areas of expertise, current and past titles, tenure and accomplishments, as well as major areas of interest, references, influences and affiliations.
How can we make our resumes and bios shine with skill depth? It is said that a good surfer is good because he knows the waves to choose to surf. We all need to do the same for our careers. We do this by adding “waves” of individual credentials that lend credibility to our biography.
The smart move is to add evidence of specific skills that are universally recognized as necessary: communications, meeting management, group/team interaction, and critical thinking are considered important for most jobs. The good news is that these are skill areas acquired by becoming a Toastmaster.
If you’re not familiar, the Toastmasters organization was started in the United States in 1924 and has gone international. On the Toastmasters website, members choose a path to work on from a list, such as “Motivational Strategies” or “Engaging Humor.” Online courses are brief. You then write a 5 minute speech on a topic of your choice to apply the communication skills you have learned. You practice your performance and, when you’re ready, you sign up to give your speech. Two to three members deliver their speeches at each meeting. They are evaluated by another Toastmaster, all in a friendly and supportive environment.
The Outliers Toastmasters Club is a local SCV group meeting via Zoom right now. Its members come from all walks of life and all skill levels, including entrepreneurs, managers, a world-class speaker, students. For a few, the experience and camaraderie even help overcome certain health issues.
Outliers invites you to join a meeting as a guest. You will see how friendly and supportive the group is as everyone practices key skills and roles to lead the meetings. Speech topics are interesting and speakers are evaluated, not judged. You will immediately strengthen your communications and you can quickly add “Active Toastmaster with practical speaking, group interaction and meeting management skills” to your resume/bio. Who wouldn’t hire for these skills? For more information, contact our Vice President of Education Tom Iland at 661-313-3323 or [email protected]