How is Toastmasters changing the world for the better?
Humans are social beings and communication is an integral part of all human societies.
Without the concept of communication, either verbal or non-verbal, human beings are just individuals with no understanding of each other and their surroundings.
Communication has always been an essential element of human life, but the necessity of effective communication has increased manifold in the modern globalized world where diversity exists virtually everywhere.
Effective communication is often a very personalized experience as each environment is distinct to others. And right here the Toastmaster community is changing the world for the better since it is a place, where diversity shines and brings value. Different people from various backgrounds meeting at one place to improve communication skills, is beneficial to everyone. People that are eager to develop them-selves, to check what is there beyond their own comfort zones and dare to see where they can become better are meeting world-wide, bringing different views, interests, opinions to the table, but still have the same focus – to become the best version of themselves. This is where communication and diversity are interconnected.
And what is the gain:
Developing mutual acceptance and appreciation of others and therefore avoiding being judgmental about others’ actions and choices
Learning to master effective communication with different people, from different cultures. Working towards understanding the norms and values of these cultures and find common grounds for communication.
Deepening empathy that is a highly valued currency in the world of effective communication
Developing understanding on different topics members present within their speeches.
Toastmaster communities world-wide bring people together to improve. This affects people on an individual level but consequently also on a community level. Are you ready to change for the better as well?
Author: Katarina Primožič Ramoveš