A Perfect Launch
While we may live in a small county, it seems we have almost all we need to launch a successful career. A year ago I moved to Seal Rock feeling this would be a quiet place to work on my book Healing Happens: Stories of Healing Against All Odds and prepare for my book tour launching in April 2018.
In the beginning, the only time I went to town was to buy groceries or attend a Yaquina Toastmasters meeting on Tuesday mornings at Pig ‘N Pancake. To my surprise Toastmasters provided all I needed; connection to community, refined preparation for my speaking tour, and an excellent breakfast catered to my special dietary requirements! Whether a new member or long-time member, there is always a friendly face to greet you at the meetings. Every meeting is filled with laughter as many people in the club have a great sense of humor. Our president Brian Norris is very tactful at keeping a great sense of harmony among the members. I have made friends, been given opportunities to speak about my miracle healing stories and success strategies, and have familiar faces to run into in town making me feel like a welcome member of this community. They have also encouraged me to take on bigger roles within Toastmasters to step out of my shell. Not only have those roles helped me as a public speaker, but also as a leader and in my ability to communicate in everyday conversations.
People say public speaking is one of their biggest fears. To overcome fears, I find it helpful to establish a supportive environment, find a well-developed training system, and obtain constructive feedback from people more experienced than me. It takes courage to take on a leadership role or stand in front of a room. When I do so the Toastmasters members are always supportive. The energy of the group feels so inclusive they even added the ability to join the meetings online for people like me who travel a lot to be able to stay involved. Now we have members from around the world!
With a program that started almost one hundred years ago, you can imagine Toastmasters has polished their training manuals to offer clear guidance every step of the way. I even got to be part of helping them roll out a new training program now available online that is more tailored to each individual’s goals. Whether you want to focus on speaking, coaching, leading, communicating, negotiating, networking, project planning, motivating others, or mentoring, there is a pathway for you.
At a recent training with Brendon Burchard, known as “the world’s leading high performance coach,” he shared perfection can’t be achieved until we launch our product or service and see how people respond to it. Yet at Toastmasters we can practice launching our work over and over again until our message is honed. We have members who have been involved for over twenty years who offer feedback I never would have thought about on my own. The members are supportive and articulate with their feedback so I always feel great about my accomplishments and inspired to grow.
Now I feel ready to step out into the world, share the inspiration I have gathered from my research and experiences on healing and success, and my tummy has been filled with yummy food!
Please join us at Yaquina Toastmasters on Tuesday mornings at 7am at Pig ‘N Pancake. Visit our blog at http://ybtoastmasters.blogspot.com/. And get a free gift when you visit my website at http://www.healinghappensbook.com/.