After presenting his MBA dissertation in 2009, Walden student Vincent Lieu was approached by his instructor to join Toastmasters to increase his confidence and poise while presenting. Toastmasters is an international organization offering many opportunities for strengthening your communication and leadership skills. With roughly 292,000 members in more than 14,350 clubs in 122 countries, it is also a great way to expand your network through workshops, meetings, conferences, and networking events. Meetings offer a learn-by-doing approach with peer to peer feedback.
Once he joined Toastmasters, Vincent began mastering various communication manuals and then moved onto leadership manuals which allowed him to hold leadership positions in Toastmasters including President, District Trainer, and Public Relations Officer. Vincent attributes Toastmasters with improving his confidence, public speaking, and ability to present. At work, he is more confident managing projects, sharing ideas with co-workers, and holding meetings. Overall he feels better equipped to promote himself and his personal brand.
Vincent’s continuous involvement in Toastmasters has motivated other individuals to join, network, and expand their skill sets. To get started, Vincent recommends that you find local meetings at the Toastmasters website and observe a few meetings. Each club functions a bit differently so it is important to find one that will fit your needs. If you decide to join, Vincent urges you to commit to the program and make it a journey. You will learn many skills that you will be able to apply in a variety of situations at work, in your academic program, and in your community.
We are thankful that Vincent shared his Toastmasters experience with us and hope you consider joining this organization to grow your professional skill set. Vincent welcomes any questions you may have. You may email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or connect with him on LinkedIn.
Written by Career Services Advisor, Andrea Obrycki