Meet A Toastmaster: Mie Verstraelen

Why did you join Toastmasters?

Over the last few years, I have been offered many speaking opportunities in my role as a female IT Leader. However, being an introvert, the thought of speaking to a large crowd frightens me and even gives me heart palpitations just thinking about it!

A colleague of mine who recently joined my workplace did a few TEDx talks in the US and she recommended that I join Toastmasters to help me improve my public speaking skills. I believe if I can overcome my fear first, it will be a huge personal milestone for me and I’m confident that it will help me progress as an individual.

Although I have only attended one virtual meeting, I knew this was right for me. The group made me feel so welcome that it only confirmed my decision to become a Member of Toastmasters.

What’s your secret talent that no one knows about?

Having qualified as a Reiki practitioner 8 years ago, I decided to train as a Reiki Master, which means I can teach others to become a practitioner. In case you’re not familiar with Reiki, it’s a form of energy healing using hands. I can help unblock negative energy in the body, which can in some cases lower stress levels, promote healing and reduce physical pain.

Unfortunately, having a tearaway toddler and a full-time job in IT, I can no longer practice Reiki but it will always be a part of me.