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Does Toastmasters teach social skills?

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Does Toastmasters teach social skills? Originally answered in Quora…   Does Toastmasters Teach Social Skills? Article by Rae Stonehouse DTM.I’m going to take a contrary view as some others have and say “No, it does not.” However, Toastmasters does provide an amazing amount of opportunities to practice them.  I can’t think of any aspect of our Communication & Leadership manuals that focus on utilizing social skills.  At a regular club meeting you will meet new members and guests. You will greet fellow members. Time permitting, you will have the opportunity to introduce yourself to the group.  As the meeting Chair or Toastmaster, you will practice your skills of introducing speakers, introducing agenda items and facilitating the meeting.  As an evaluator, you will develop your assertiveness skills by delivering feedback that is fair and constructive.  As a speaker, you will develop poise and stage management skills. You will also learn ‘grace under fire’ when things don’t go the way you planned.  As a club officer i.e. a servant leader, you will develop your social skills when you encourage your fellow club members to participate or support initiatives or actions.  As the VP of Public Relations you learn to correspond effectively with members of the public that enquire about your club.  When running for a club officer position or any of the many leadership positions throughout the Toastmasters organization, there are plenty of opportunities to practice tact, diplomacy and campaigning skills.  These social skills, learned at Toastmasters, can make the difference between two candidates as to who gets hired for the job. I’m going to take a contrary view as some others have and say “No, it does not.” However, Toastmasters does provide an amazing amount of opportunities to practice them.

I can’t think of any aspect of our Communication & Leadership manuals that focus on utilizing social skills.

At a regular club meeting you will meet new members and guests. You will greet fellow members. Time permitting, you will have the opportunity to introduce yourself to the group.

As the meeting Chair or Toastmaster, you will practice your skills of introducing speakers, introducing agenda items and facilitating the meeting.

As an evaluator, you will develop your assertiveness skills by delivering feedback that is fair and constructive.

As a speaker, you will develop poise and stage management skills. You will also learn ‘grace under fire’ when things don’t go the way you planned.

As a club officer i.e. a servant leader, you will develop your social skills when you encourage your fellow club members to participate or support initiatives or actions.

As the VP of Public Relations you learn to correspond effectively with members of the public that enquire about your club.

When running for a club officer position or any of the many leadership positions throughout the Toastmasters organization, there are plenty of opportunities to practice tact, diplomacy and campaigning skills.

These social skills, learned at Toastmasters, can make the difference between two candidates as to who gets hired for the job. 

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Rae A. Stonehouse is a Canadian born author & speaker. His professional career as a Registered Nurse working predominantly in psychiatry/mental health, has spanned four decades.

Rae has embraced the principal of CANEI (Constant and Never-ending Improvement) as promoted by thought leaders such as Tony Robbins and brings that philosophy to each of his publications and presentations.

Rae has dedicated the latter segment of his journey through life to overcoming his personal inhibitions. As a 20+ year member of Toastmasters International he has systematically built his self-confidence and communicating ability. He is passionate about sharing his lessons with his readers and listeners. His publications thus far are of the self-help, self-improvement genre and systematically offer valuable sage advice on a specific topic. He is a long-time member of Kelowna Flying Solo Toastmasters and is the driving force behind its long-term success. 

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