By James Cross, Kings Cross Speakers Club, Division C
I often hear Toastmasters referred to as being like a cult. When I first heard it described this way, I didn’t know whether that was a wholly positive thing.
When I hear the word cult, it springs to mind all of the ‘so bad they’re good’ movies which have sustained a cult following, such as The Room by Tommy Wiseau or Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus (if you haven’t watched either, you really should.)
I then wondered why Toastmasters is spoken about in a similar light; are we a group of people intensely devoted to something which, from the outside, is hard to understand why?
The answer to that question is no. We’re certainly devoted to something, but it’s not hard to understand why.
Having been a Kings Cross Speakers member for a year I’ve been part of a community dedicated to bettering not only ourselves but every other member too. The devotion isn’t to a cheesy film but to being the best person we can be – not only at public speaking but also in building the confidence and self-worth that we all deserve.
Being part of a whooping, clapping, cheering and intensely supportive group has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. Thanks to this devotion I’ve experienced a year of enormous growth personally and professionally, and it’s easy to understand why.
“By turning up, by putting yourself into the arena is when you are courageous because you are allowing yourself to be judged and are putting yourself into the fight…”
For more of James’ post competition interview click here