Sunday, November 28, 2010

Toastmasters & Employment...

All members of Toastmasters understand the connection between good communication skills and performance at work, right?

Well, I found a business article that agrees with us too !

BusinessPundit blog had the following article about the "Top 8 Traits Employers Look For"...
1) Loyalty
2) Honesty
3) Punctuality
4) Determination
5) Flexibility
6) Smart Appearance
7) Positive Outlook
8) Communication Skills

The article goes on to say...
– Communication skills are key. Ensure your application and resume are
grammatically correct, ask a friend or family to look them over for you to help
catch any typos or errors. At interview think before you speak, choose your
words carefully and ensure they convey the message clearly. Don’t “um” and “ah”
– it is better to take a few seconds to compose an answer than to say something
It is good to see that others are recognizing the importance of the skills that are developed by Toastmasters !

Monday, November 15, 2010

Making your club more Join-able ...

I've been following Scott Ginsberg's blog for many years and he recently posted the video below. It was originally given to the Optimist International organization, but I think the topic of Join-ability is a good one for Toastmasters as well

Note: Scott's "claim to fame" is that he always wears a nametag and he has built a speaking & writing career out of the topic of "Approachability". In fact, his blog is called, "Hello, my name is.." blog.