Face your fears

Ivo is a trader, who’s passionate about freedom, truth and success. He joined Toastmasters because he enjoyed the club atmosphere 🙂

Where have you applied your Toastmasters skills in your daily life?

“I will get there eventually, I’m a slow starter.”

What do you think has been behind Toastmasters’ global success for almost 100 years?

“It works; its fun; change to meet and interact with people with similar goals.”

What advice would you give to a friend, who suffers from public speaking anxiety?

“Don’t fear facing your fears”

Giving positive feedback trains the brain

Everiin is a marketer, who’s passionate about travelling, health hacks and personal development. She joined Toastmasters because she wanted to train her communication skills before starting a new challenging job.

Where have you applied your Toastmasters skills in your daily life?

“In my perfectionistic past I’ve always been terrified of being asked a question that I didn’t have an answer to. So terrified actually, that sometimes I couldn’t think of an answer even if I had one. Now I know, how to calm myself and just start talking. Toastmasters has also shown me that such anxieties are extremely common, so now, when I notice this in others, I encourage them to speak up and then listen to them in a focused, warm and positive way. Also, related to the topic of perfectionism, I’ve always been very demanding of – and mean to myself. I would definitely not describe myself as a naturally positive and optimistic person. For me it’s a skill that I need to continuously train with fx daily points of gratitudes and giving constructive feedback at Toastmasters. It is so important to give a fair, and 2/3 positive feedback – you’re there to help someone, who has his/her own struggles with anxiety. This process has been so tough for me since I mainly focus on the negative. I’ve had to really train myself to bring out the positive. FEEDBACK is certainly something I need to give in my daily life and I no longer freak out about it.”

What do you think has been behind Toastmasters’ global success for almost 100 years?

“Toastmasters provides a safe structured practicing environment and practical techniques for people, who feel anxious about speaking. In a way, it is like a therapy group, where people reveal their vulnerabilities while also having a lot of fun. Usually visitors feel more confident already after the very first meeting, and then they keep coming back for their dose of dopamine 🙂 Another important appeal of Toastmasters is that it provides a feeling of belonging. The truth is that is quite difficult to make new meaningful friendships when we’re grown up, so having a group of friendly, open-minded people to welcome you in is highly appreciated. ”

What advice would you give to a friend, who suffers from public speaking anxiety?

“When you have to speak then first ground yourself and feel that your body is supported. Then take a deep breath and say the question out loud. Then just shoot and say whatever. They’re probably not really listening anyway :P”

Get out of your comfort zone

Martin is the CEO at a law firm, and he’s passionate about global finance, economics and globalization. He joined Toastmasters to develop his public performance skills.

Where have you applied your Toastmasters skills in your daily life?

“Presentations”

What do you think has been behind Toastmasters’ global success for almost 100 years?

“Consistency”

What advice would you give to a friend, who suffers from public speaking anxiety?

“Get out of your comfort zone”

Stage practice for stage performance

Tuuli is a musician. In addition to music, she’s passionate about animals, and she joined Toastmasters because of the fun and supportive people 🙂

Where have you applied your Toastmasters skills in your daily life?

“Introducing my songs on stage.”

What do you think has been behind Toastmasters’ global success for almost 100 years?

“Supportive attitude and gathering people who want to improve themselves.”

What advice would you give to a friend, who suffers from public speaking anxiety?

“Being on stage is something you have to practise on stage.”

Only practice makes perfect

Sten is a small business- and startup owner, who’s passionate about travelling, new experiences, growing businesses and understanding, how the human brain works. He joined Toastmasters because he realized that public speaking is very very useful in his everyday life and that he can only really become better at it by practicing. Also, he finds it to be a good way to expand his comfort zone 🙂

Where have you applied your Toastmasters skills in your daily life?

“Mostly in communication one to one or small groups. The aim is to be more clear, calm, engaging, effective, persuasive and entertaining. But I want to be ready to communicate also with the larger audience.”

What do you think has been behind Toastmasters’ global success for almost 100 years?

“Good teaching system that has been developed and tested over a long period of time by very good speakers. And it`s something that so many people need.”

What advice would you give to a friend, who suffers from public speaking anxiety?

“Just go out and practice it in any possible way. Talk about topics that you care about, do it naturally as you would do among your friends and try to include interesting stories.”

Short and clear at court hearings

Annika is a lawyer, and she’s passionate about violin music. She joined Toastmasters because she found the people at the club to be open-minded and fun.

Where have you applied your Toastmasters skills in your daily life?

“I represent clients in court hearings, where the final speech should be short, precise, instantly understandable, clear, simple and strong, all at the same time. Additionally we counsel foreign clients regarding Estonian legislation, where we use the same standard: short but clear, that the average person will understand the message..”

What do you think has been behind Toastmasters’ global success for almost 100 years?

“Clear method, which is the same everywhere. There are no other similar ones.”

What advice would you give to a friend, who suffers from public speaking anxiety?

“Only you notice and remember the mistakes and your internal fear, the ordinary audience will not see that.”