Toastmasters was referenced in an article by Harvey Mackay (the author of "Swim with the Sharks without being eaten alive"). In the Aug 13 issue of the Hartford Business Journal he talks about skills for people who enter the work force, life long learning, public speaking and he writes:
... Be a good communicator. Writing is part of nearly every job, even if we’re
just talking about e-mails. Many people are terrified at the thought of speaking
in public, but I have found that good public speakers are better able to sell
their ideas and think on their feet. Take a public speaking class or join
Toastmasters ... you will never regret it.
Here is the link to the article: http://www.hartfordbusiness.com/news2414.html
You might be able to use this for your club's PR.
Thanks to Ute Brinkmann for sharing this information!
Editor's note (Dave Wheeler)...
I seem to remember Harvey Mackay also gave a "Money Back Guarantee" for people who buy his book and take his advice to join Toastmasters? Does anyone remember which book it was? It could be a great cross-promotion if we could publicize his book ... and the money-back guarantee.
Harvey is a long-time supporter of Toastmasters. He is also quoted on page 6 of the Toastmasters Media Kit (click here) where he says...
"I've never met anyone who didn't think Toastmasters was super valuable to theirWhich came first... best selling author or Toastmasters? I would be curious to know!
career. We gain self-esteem, self-confidence, assertiveness. This makes us better salespeople, better managers, better leaders..."