Few weeks back I was awarded the ‘Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB)’ certificate by Toastmasters. Earlier, I was conferred with Competent Communicator (CC) and Competent Leader (CL) on separate occasions. I also wrote a post on the same here.
Each of the Communication and Leadership tracks are independent and can be pursued simultaneously. Only after achieving the basic levels of CC and CL, the respective Advanced levels (multiple of them) can be taken up.
Towards my ACB achievement, I worked upon ‘Humorously Speaking’ and ‘Speaking to Inform’ projects (5 speeches in each). On the Communication side, what lies ahead for me are Silver and Bronze; while on the Leadership side I have to work towards Bronze and then Silver (no Gold here). After completing all the Advanced levels, one becomes a Distinguished Toastmaster.
The overall program layout is below (read bottom-up). Essentially, each level in both the tracks cater to some aspect(s) of Communication and Leadership qualities, thus making one a better Communicator and Leader.
|Communication Track||Leadership Track|
| Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)
|Advanced Communicator Gold (ACG)|| Advanced Leader Silver (ALS)
|Advanced Communicator Silver (ACS)|| Advanced Leader Bronze (ALB)
| Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB)
| Competent Communicator (CC)
|| Competent Leader (CL)
I have been enjoying my Journey with Toastmasters since last 2 years now. We might not be looking forward to becoming a Professional Speaker, but the learning’s definitely count – they can be applied in our day-to-day activities perfectly, like in managing a team, motivating our kids, speaking at functions, becoming humorous and entertaining (as i am trying to be – some of my speeches can be found in the Humor category) and the list is endless as one can imagine!
The club at my workplace that I am a part of is supportive, as most of the clubs in the world are (if not all). We learn, have fun and it is sort of a de-stressor too from work. We meet every Thursday from 12.30 to 13.30 and I have to go to another building in the campus. There has hardly been a day when I was not excited enough to be in the meeting. Sometimes, weather plays a role too, like it did last Thursday 🙂
I strongly advice everybody to join Toastmasters, wherever they are in the world. It is a non-expensive and practical way to refine ourselves!
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