Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Four club members achieve Competent Communicator awards - March 2017 - Report by Ursula Beatty

Congratulations to four of our members, who recently received their Competent Communicator (CC) awards from Toastmasters International,  after completing their first 10 speech projects from the CC manual. A wonderful achievement indeed, especially as many of these members have very busy schedules with young families, full time work and or study commitments.

Competent communicator (CC) awarded to:  L to R -
Nick O'Donnell,  Paul Kirkland, Nicole Kelly &  Hannah Castelijn

"Toastmasters was recommended to me by a hiring manager after a failed attempt to gain a Team Leader position. Strong leadership and communication skills, coupled with technical knowledge, are a pre-requisite in the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) industry that I work in because there are many challenges to supplying our customers and consumers the high quality and safe products they expect.

The most valued quality I have gained out of attending regular meetings at Helensvale Daybreak Toastmasters club is confidence. Not just in the confidence to speak in front of an audience but also the confidence to coach and lead others to be the best that they can be.

Completing my Competent Communicator, showed the hiring manager that I took on board his recommendation. One day, I hope that this will lead to the Team Leader role I seek, when the next opportunity presents itself." Nick O'Donnell, Club Sergeant at Arms.

I joined Toastmasters to improve my public speaking skills but gained so much more. Whilst it’s true my fellow Toastmasters provided a safe and interactive platform for me to develop my public speaking ability, I really feel my in-depth learning has come from enhanced listening skills, and the confidence to proactively critique others. I was allocated a fabulous mentor who has not only guided me throughout my Toastmaster journey, but also instilled a level of understanding far beyond the curriculum (which I will forever be grateful for).

Toastmaster’s offers value through its participants and the Helensvale Club is an exceptional demonstration of this characteristic, through its diverse member age, expertise, culture and public speaking ability. No matter your rational for joining the club you can rest assured that the benefits will far exceed your expectations if you are prepared to go the extra mile!”
Nicole Kelly, Club Secretary , busy mother of 2 small children and director of her own business.

"I joined Toast Masters to overcome a fear I had of public speaking.

Since taking on this challenge and achieving my Competent Communicator badge I have gained a greater confidence in public speaking, due to the projects I completed. Learning how to structure, present yourself and make an impact with a speech is second to none at TM's.

It takes a little time and commitment to complete each speech, but it is all worth it in the end.

My fellow members have become good friends and its always a pleasure to see them at each meeting. This new skill has opened many doors for me, in my role as a Business Development Manager." Paul Kirkland.

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