I recently joined a local Toastmasters club to improve my speaking skills. While I'm pretty skilled at writing, I've always wanted to be a dynamic, confident speaker (on the outside AND on the inside). I've sat through way too many boring, or off target presentations, and I never want to do that to my audience.
Toastmasters gives me a great opportunity to practice both speaking and listening. The group is very supportive, and if I goof, it doesn't have any career ramifications. As a Toastmaster, I'm in good company, well known Toastmasters include:
> Carl Albert Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1971-77
> Tim Allen Actor, star of television series, "Home Improvement"
> Everett Alvarez Retired Navy Cmdr. and former Deputy Director of the Peace Corps
> William Bennett Former Premier of British Columbia, Canada
> James Brady Two-term press secretary for U.S. President Ronald Reagan; author of the Brady Bill
Thanks to all my beach reading I have plenty of fresh material to pull from. My speech on Monday will be "Blogging Basics: Background, Benefits and Best Practices".
One of the blogging best practices is to post often! I'm going to try hard to follow my own advice.