Posts Tagged ‘Toastmasters’

Need a life buoy for job interviews?

January 31, 2009

lifebouy

 

Yesterday I read an interesting article on the Toastmaster website. See link below.

http://www.toastmasters.org/MainMenuCategories/WhyJoin/SuccessStories/Hope-in-the-Hard-Times.aspx

It was talking about how Toastmasters and public speaking skills had helped people with being more confident when it came to job interviews.

With so many people around the world loosing their jobs and perhaps having to attend an interview for the first time in 10 or 20 years, I truly believe that anything you can use to your advantage to help you find a new job in the shortest possible time, is well worth investing in.

Being able to answer questions during an interview can sometime make or break whether you get the job or not. Many questions are structured around the “tell us a time when,” where you have to let the interviewer know when you were in a similar situation and how you handled it.

Imagine if you had your own secret life buoy, skills that would help you with the interview and handle those questions.

If you can enter the interview with confidence, speak easily, make good eye contact and provide an answer with a beginning, middle and end you will be well on your way to finding a new job.

Public speaking can help in so many ways, even more so during these hard economic times, when how you present in an interview is vitally important.

Keep speaking – Carrol

What next?

January 21, 2008

Have you ever wondered what next? If you have given a couple of speeches/presentations for your work or community group or if you have made regular presentations you may want to know what you can do next to improve your skills.

Toastmasters: www.toastmasters.org.au Toastmasters has clubs all around the world and is a great environment to improve your speaking skills. Once you have completed the basic manual, you can then progress to the advanced manuals and cover areas like: technical presentations, speaking to inform and story telling. Each new manual will set you a new challenge for you to work towards.

National Speakers Association of Australia: www.nationalspeakers.asn.au This organisation will help you to transition into the paid professional arena. They have monthly meetings, conventions and workshops to assist you to build your business and network with like minded people.

There is always an opportunity out there just waiting for you to get started!