If you are in your closing University years, you will need to look at your “soft skills” to have a leg up on competing against other career applicants during interviews. An effective way of developing these skills is joining Toastmasters International.
While hard skills are important in boosting a job application, LinkedIn’s 2018 Emerging Jobs Report found that soft skills, including oral communication, leadership and time management, make up nearly half the list of skills with the largest skills gaps. An effective way of developing these skills is joining Toastmasters International, the global organization devoted to communication and leadership skills development.
More than half of all Fortune 500 companies in the US offer in-house Toastmasters clubs, including Amazon, Bank of America, General Electric, Google and Microsoft. These employers have found the Toastmasters program to be an effective staff development tool that benefits their organization.
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“Even if you aren’t required to give presentations or manage a team at work, all employees should have at least basic verbal communication skills and leadership skills,” says Lark Doley, Toastmasters’ 2018-19 International President. “Toastmasters offers a supportive setting to practice and develop these and other soft skills, including active listening, giving constructive feedback, time management and people management. These are the skills that will set an applicant apart from equally qualified candidates during the interview process and help to advance their career.”
Toastmasters International is a worldwide non-profit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., United States, the organization’s membership exceeds 357,000 in more than 16,600 clubs in 143 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders.
Here in Brisbane, you can join our local club which meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday night in inner Brisbane. See our contact page to come along as a visitor to check us out? Visit https://toastmastersbrisbane.com/contact/