As I sat thinking about which of the stories I am familiar with that might inspire readers of this article to push past their comfort zones in an effort to lead a fuller life, I thought, why not share my own personal journey?
While I have been fortunate to have lived in several parts of the world and it may seem to you that such a person must be extremely confident and outspoken, this has most definitely not been the case for me. I grew up an introvert, having struggled with a speech impediment for most of my younger years. I dreaded being asked a question by my teachers, my peers and just about anybody, because of my fear of being judged and mocked because of my stutter. It was not a fun way to go through life.
As I grew older I learned techniques to keep the stuttering under control, I found a job and got married. However the deep fear that my stuttering might be found out lay deep within me, stopping me from taking chances in life, stopping me from pushing past my comfort zone and living a full life.
It has now been 1 & 1/2 years since I came across Toastmasters in Rowville and they started to give me the support and structure I needed to overcome this confidence crippling condition. The fear has gone and I have gained much confidence in myself and my speaking skills, all thanks to our Rafters Toastmasters. At the end of last year I secured my competent communicator award (CC) having delivered 10 speeches successfully. I have even recently published my first book entitled “Abundant Motherhood; Empowering Mums to Empower their Kids”, where I share my journey through motherhood.
Check us out now, as there are two Toastmasters Clubs in Rowville to choose from, Rafters and Rowville Toastmasters.
Guests and new members are warmly welcome. Come along to either Toastmasters meetings as a free guest to find out more about what we do. We look forward to seeing you there!
Yolanda Alvares Vice President Public Relations Rafters Toastmasters.
Source: Rowville Lysterfield Community News Inc May Edition 2017.