On the outside I may look like a confident person. But when it comes to job interviews, presenting things and speaking in front of a camera, I always start to tense up.
Since my summer has not been particularly ideal, I’ve decided to break out of my shell and find as many opportunities as I possibly can.
Through a recommendation from my friend Mauro, I’ve decided to join Toastmasters to curb my shyness.
Of course I will be joining my university’s chapter, but today I attended a meeting from another club that’s situated between the Financial and Entertainment Districts in Downtown Toronto.
Going in, I immediately felt out of place. Everyone seemed much older than I was and they were all clearly in business or law. (I’m pretty sure I was the only student.)
But that being said, everyone was very welcoming and encouraging. After all, these people all joined Toastmasters to be more confident, right?!
Each Toastmasters session includes a greeting, a welcoming speech, a word of the day, three prepared speeches and evaluations along with something called table topics (which are impromptu one minute responses).
Of course being in a new environment, I didn’t speak much. But seeing the progress made from those who attempted to speak today, I’ve decided to try and push myself a bit more.
This meeting I attended today was a bit too formal for my liking given my age. Perhaps Ryerson’s chapter will be much better for me.
Next stop: trying out some improv and comedy writing classes at Second City!!