Back in my early days, nearly a Decade ago with Toastmasters (in Foster City) I remember a woman who joined our club, she was so very terrified of speaking to groups that she literally trembled and shook in front of us all as she barely could get out her name, and where she worked!
After several months of hesitation, she gave her first speech, the “Ice Breaker” and we nearly needed to call the Paramedics she was so stressed, but she pushed through it, and gained her first bit of confidence.
Within about a year, she had completed the First Speech Manual (10 speeches) and believe it or not, she even entered a Speech Contest – AND WON!!!
She became a huge advocate of Toastmasters.
Toastmasters not only helped her Career with new job promotions and increased pay, but she also helped many other people become more confident speakers.
Because of her commitment to stick with it and overcome her fear of public speaking, she had gained confidence that translated into many other aspects of her life as well. 🙂
If you live in Fremont, and you have time on Tuesday Mornings (7:15 – 8:15 am), then stop by our new club, and become a Founding Member! Contact me for full details.