Participating in the organisation gives you an opportunity to improve yourself on both personal and professional levels.
Taking part in our regular meetings by taking different roles can improve certain skill sets, as follows:
As a Toastmaster of the meeting, your job is like a project manager in a company. The meeting is your project. You need to organise the meeting by contacting all stakeholders including members, and possibly guests to confirm their attendance and role in the meeting. You need prepare for the meeting agenda, theme, and anticipate any challenges that may happen before and during the meeting. This role can improve your planning and managerial skills.
As you are responsible to count and report the time for each session in the meeting, this role enables to have a better time management skill. Additionally, you can also learn to focus and do multitasking.
As a Harkmaster, you need to listen to what everyone says during the meeting, and then make a list of questions related to what is said during the meeting. This role can improve your focus and listening skills.
Uhm and Er Counter
You will really improve your listening skill if you take this role because you have to count how many times people say ‘uhm’ and ‘er’ and other filler words. The filler words can be any words that people mention many times unnecessarily, e.g. ‘so’, ‘but’, ‘like’, ‘alright’.
The role can improve your analysis and listening skills. Additionally, you learn how to motivate people so they can do better and better in future.
This role is similar as a General Manager in a company as you oversee the whole meeting and provide feedback to all role takers. This role enables you to improve your analysis skill. Furthermore, you get to learn to encourage people and recognise their good work.