Learning to speak clearly, confidently and to the point are just three benefits of being a Toastmaster. Toastmasters International is a leader at teaching individuals to become better communicators and leaders. It’s never too late (and never too early) to learn these skills, which is why I believe we need to get our young people involved early.
Toastmasters offers youth in elementary through high school their own version of communications and leadership training through gavel clubs. These clubs feature the same time-tested learn-by-doing lessons as adult Toastmasters clubs. Experience in gavel clubs prepares young people to express their ideas in ways that make an impact. Learning these soft skills can help students earn better grades in school, win scholarships and internships, and position them for higher professional compensation later in life.
I hope I’ve convinced you of the benefits of early participation in Toastmasters. You can witness the benefits for yourself at a FREE Youth Summit hosted by District 50 Toastmasters on Sat., Feb. 26, at UTD in Richardson. To register, go here.
This event will shine a light on area gavel clubs and allow families to see young Toastmasters in action. Students in elementary through high school will compete in speech, evaluation, and impromptu speaking contests, share their experiences as young Toastmasters, and attend workshops aimed at sharpening their communications skills. Regardless of previous experience with Toastmasters, students of all ages are invited to attend with their parents.
Oh, and parents, you just might pick up a few tips on the benefits of Toastmasters for yourself.