BuildingZen resumes with a blatant plug. Some of you know I am an active member of Toastmasters International. I can’t praise the organization highly enough for a program that fosters self-confidence, self-awareness, poise, and personal growth.
Toastmasters is another way you can build your zen. It doesn’t matter whether you’re an introvert like me. There’s something about stepping up to a chapter’s podium that brings out one’s inner ham.
Some employers know the benefits of Toastmasters. For example, a few managers at Boeing have made Toastmasters participation a development goal for the associates who report to them.
Leadership is more than just your job title, as anyone who’s worked in a Lean/Toyota Production environment can attest. Selling the next process improvement, based upon genchi genbutsu or 5 Whys findings, requires skilled communication.
So does selling yourself to a potential employer. The extemporaneous “Table Topics” segment of a Toastmasters’ meeting is great practice for handling those out-of-left-field interview questions.
Mid-career or in transition, certain skills atrophy from disuse. Don’t let that happen. Toastmasters can help you stay sharp at a very affordable price; it’s the equivalent of one less latte a week.
Find a club near your home, school, or work. Take control of your destiny today.