Toastmaster Clubs are popular in companies. Employees in companies that have a Toastmasters program are more likely to become promoted into higher paying jobs and become more valuable to the company.
“Some of us will be judged well and some will not, but we will all be judged by only one thing—the result”—Vince Lombardi
There are two contradictory truths in any business. Time is money. Americans would rather die than speak in public.
Loss of time, money and ideas owing to poor communication is costly for any corporation—but it need not happen to yours. For over 90 years, Toastmasters International has removed the fear of speaking for hundreds of thousands of people. In fact, there are over 332,000 members in 15,400 clubs in 135 countries around the world.
What does this mean to you? Here is what leaders like you have to say about what Toastmasters has done for them.
Ken Melrose, Retired CEO of the Toro Corporation, recently shared his experience, “In today’s business environment, how you are perceived as a current or emerging leader is directly impacted by your ability to lead, direct, persuade and motivate. Your credibility and influence as a professional depends on your ability to communicate effectively. This skill is used every day, from conducting a productive meeting to delivering key messages to a large group of employees. That’s why I am happy to support the Toastmasters International Communication and Leadership Program.”
The Toro Company has had an onsite, active Toastmasters group since 1984. Mr. Melrose personally observed employees at all levels benefit from the experiences and skills acquired by mastering progressive levels of public speaking proficiency. These employees gain a new level of confidence and self-esteem, leading to increased contribution and recognition.
Toastmasters discover camaraderie, which keeps morale high, they learn to think quickly and logically which leads to efficient, productive meetings, and they find ways to speak that keep others engaged which can shorten the time from first contact to sales close.
Jim Stockdale Vice President and General Manager of General Dynamics says, “…people have come up to me and thanked me for sponsoring two new Toastmasters clubs at GDAIS. …as a leader of an organization, you always worry about keeping the folks on your team excited. You have to find ways to jazz people up about coming to work. I remembered my days of being a Toastmaster at AT&T and the transformation it caused in our organization.”
Discover the team building and skill building that this international organization can spark in your employees when you sponsor a Toastmasters club.A Toastmasters representative can contact you to share how easy it is to launch a breakfast, lunchtime, or after-work club.
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