4 years with Toastmasters – a journey worth every meeting!

I joined Toastmasters in New York by signing up with Bryant Park club on Oct 1 2013 – I can’t imagine it’s been 4 years already! Though I moved on from there to Warren in New Jersey in Feb 2014, and to Mississauga in Canada in May 2017, I have continued my membership with Citigroup corporate club at each place (luckily, there is/was one). I have written about what Toastmasters is here and here. In fact, I have a news from early last month also – I came in 2nd in the Area 43 contest for Impromptu Speaking (called Table Topics). alok singhalIf you’ve followed me for long, you might know that I won the Area 34 International Speech contest in April this year (in the US), but couldn’t do well at the Division level. Anyway, life is not just about winning, it is more about learning at every step of the way.

It has been my absolute pleasure to be a part of such a fabulous program, which is non-profit by the way! In the 200 or so weekly meetings that have happened in the past 4 years, I must have attended at least 185 of them – such has been my enthusiasm, mostly because of the learnings and fun they provide. I just go to every meeting not thinking about my professional or person life and willing to take in whatever comes. I strong advice you too to find a club nearby by going to https://www.toastmasters.org/ and maybe just walk by to see what happens there for a start. Most likely, you will come back happy and will sign-up!

I can personally lay down the benefits I have seen in myself. I have more confidence in speaking with strangers now, my humor quotient has gone up, and there is that feeling of doing something different than what most of us do on a regular basis. Btw, Toastmasters is not just about Public Speaking as many wrongly understand it to be – the learnings you get while speaking to a group in a friendly environment can be used in everyday life – imagine not slouching while speaking, using proper hand gestures or body language, making eye contact, or just motivating or inspiring people around you. And the price to pay – well, just $45 every 6 months! In fact, many professional speakers around the world rehearse their speech in the club(s) they are associated with before they enthrall their audience at the big stage.

So, what are you waiting for?

35 thoughts on “4 years with Toastmasters – a journey worth every meeting!

  1. Congrats on your Toastmasters achievements, Alok! Two notable milestones in a year. Maybe next time, first place 😀 ‘life is not just about winning, it is more about learning at every step of the way.’ Probably why you titled your blog The Learning Curve 😀

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  2. Congratulations, Alok! Must be an amazing feeling for sure! It is a tremendous boost to one’s confidence and I’ve heard similar experiences from people who’ve done it as well. Makes me want to try it someday for myself. 🙂

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  3. Congrats on your Toastmasters. It definitely is a great feeling to see how far you have come and I know a lot of people like you who swear by Toastmasters. Good to see you encourage us all with this honest review.

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  4. Well done Alok! I was a member for 2 years and it changed my career and life! Its such a confidence boost to get over the fear of speaking in public, and being comfortable in any group. It was a group not affiliated with a company, so the people were diverse and very interesting!

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