How Toastmasters Can Help Your Dream

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Catherine Hughes

Director of the 8 Women Dream Project at 8 Women Dream
Catherine’s dream is to make 8 Women Dream the premier online publication for women looking to pursue their dreams. She is a published author, a freelance writer, and a guide for those who want their dreams to come true online. Catherine would someday like to be invited to speak at TED about her observations about her 8WD project inviting women to take a chance on their dreams. Wine was required... Catherine posts on Sunday evenings and fills in dream stories as needed. If you aren't sure how to comment on this story, click here.

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Join ToastmastersThis week Greg, an 8 Women Dream reader asked me about the public speaking part of my dream and what’s happening with it.

I am set to join Toastmasters full-time the first Tuesday in June.  Have I been practicing public speaking in any way?

Does nagging a teenage son to do his chores count?  There is a lecture-a-day chat-a-day with raising teenagers . . . really.

To be a success with your dreams, you need to communicate your dream plans to others to elicit their help, and Toastmasters can help you gain confidence and clearly express yourself. Being able to convey your needs effectively can open up a new world of possibilities for achieving your dream.

Speaking at Toastmasters can help you be more persuasive and teach you to vary your approach to suit the different personalities of a variety of people.

And since you will need the help of other people to achieve your dream, learning to effectively sell people on your dream is a great way to get the help you need.

I am reading the public speaking book,  Speak To Win: How to Present With Power in Any Situation by Brian Tracy and studying some of the best at the craft.

Here’s what Brian Tracy says about public speaking, “Your ability to speak to a audience is essential to your success.  Speaking well can garner the respect and esteem of others, make you more valuable to your company and gain attention from people who can help you and open doors for you . . .”

Mike Dooley another famous motivational speaker is a Toastmaster.  He joined Toastmasters during a rough period in his life when public speaking was the one thing that frightened him the most in his life.

If you watch Mike in the video featured below speaking at Toastmasters you can see how far he has come since the day he feared talking in public —

What is it that helps you stay on course with your dreams?

I’d love to hear how you are doing.

Is there a fear that joining Toastmasters might help you overcome?


  • Wendy Brayton

    Nagging does count. A teenager can be your best cynical audience. There are multiple components to what keeps me on track. The biggest being passion. When I rediscovered art I instantly knew it was what I was supposed to be doing. The experience almost seemed spiritual. I suddenly felt like I found where I belonged in this world. I have this drive to continue learning more about it and getting better. It’s not always easy, I do have days that I procrastinate getting there, but its the “getting there” component that’s hard. Once I start, time melts away.

  • What keeps me on track with my dreams? Having to post here on the site every Wednesday!! Oh, and Nikki kicking the door to his stall to say, “Let me out!!!”

  • Kim

    Public speaking is my worst nightmare. I wonder if I ever took a class if it would ever get easier, or if it’s just the way I am. My problem is that I would freeze and nothing would come to my mind of what to say. I’d blank. I’d rather listen to Catherine talk!

  • Veronica

    You my friend have the many qualities it takes to be a motivational speaker. Walk through the fear because it is right there.
    I speak a lot in the work that I do and the more I do it, the easier it is. Today….I don’t even think about it, I just walk right up there and make a fool of myself and smile while I am doing it, because you see if in fact that is what happens that is exactly what is suppose to happen.