For the first many years of my life I was extremely shy and could not talk in front of any crowd, even a couple of people. I also lost a job opportunity due to this weakness.
A co-worker convinced me to join Orland Park Toastmasters. I stayed with the Orland Club for 6 years until I moved on to two other Clubs (New Lenox and “Yes And”).
In Orland, initially I was afraid to do any kind of speech; I just did very minor meeting roles. Finally, I got two top notch Mentors (Mike Grady and Garrett Grady) who guided me and the Speeches and Evaluator roles kept coming.
To date, I have given roughly 180 speeches and received the highest Toastmaster title, Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM). I am a PowerPoint expert and use Props and extensive creativity. These are techniques I am sharing with members in other Clubs. They can even be applied to Slide presentations that people do at their work.
I look forward to helping new people that join the Club to become better speakers and leaders.
If I can do it, anyone can do it. You won’t regret it.