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A Pre-Table Topics Competition Warmup

Posted by Ellie Mirman

Apr 4, 2014, 4:20 PM

As our fierce competitors waited to go present their Table Topics speeches, I threw the following warmup question their way:

If you could be any window, what kind of window would you be?

Absurd to say the least, but along with some power poses and shake-outs, this was just the thing to get them prepared.

The responses certainly impressed me; I could tell this would be quite the close and entertaining competition.

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"I would be a french window. Because I'm classy."

- Niti Shah

 

Niti Shah

"I would be a tinted window, so I could see out but no one could see me."

- Jessica Webb

 

 Jessica Webb

"I would be a broken window, because when people get close to me, they get hurt."

- Shawn Segundo

 

Shawn Segundo 
 

"I would be a bay window, so that people could get a broad view and see many perspectives."

- Angela Hicks

 

 
 

"95. Because it's a classic."

- Brad "I'm a PC" Mampe

 

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"I would be a round window. Because I like circles."

- Maggie Georgieva

 Maggie Georgieva

 

Note: Not all contestants participated in this oh-so-fantastic warmup. They still all proved to be pretty fantastic in the actual competition. Stay tuned for a separate post on the results of the competition! Photo courtesy of club President Sarah Bedrick.

Now it's your turn - What kind of window would you be? Quick - you only have a moment to answer!

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10 Tips for the First-Time Toastmaster

Posted by Ellie Mirman

Apr 2, 2014, 8:45 AM

mike-presentingAbout to take the role of Toastmaster for the first time? Congratulations! The Toastmaster plays a big role in the success of a meeting. This role presents a great opportunity to practice both your prepared and impromptu speaking skills as well as, of course, your leadership skills.

The Toastmaster is the host and conductor of the whole meeting - setting up all of the speakers, evaluators, and attendees to participate successfully. Not sure where to start to be a successful Toastmaster? Here are a few tips.

Before the Meeting:

1. Review the Meeting Agenda

At ToastSpot, the officer sponsor finalizes the agenda, including gathering the prepared speakers' speech titles. As the Toastmaster, you should check in with the officer sponsor and review the meeting lineup, particularly the speakers.

2. Help the Officer Sponsor Fill Meeting Roles

If there are any roles open as the meeting time approaches, help find members to step up and take those roles.

3. Familiarize Yourself with the Meeting Structure

There are often a few new faces at a meeting. That is why you need to understand the meeting structure and and communicate it to all, so members know what to expect in the next hour. Here's an overview of the Toastmasters meeting.

4.  Prepare Your Opening and Closing

Think about how you want to welcome participants and attendees, and how you want to close out the meeting. Add your own flavor to the meeting, perhaps pick a theme for the meeting or share a story of your own.

5. Prepare Your Introductions and Transitions

Part of your role as a Toastmaster is to keep the meeting running smoothly. That means having solid introductions for the speakers and transitioning smoothly between sections and speeches. For introductions, you can ask the speakers how they would like to be introduced, or simply share something you know about them or your relationship with them.

At the Meeting:

6. Arrive Early to Prepare

Arrive a few minutes early to set up with the officer sponsor. Confirm that all of your meeting participants are present before the start.

7. Introduce the Meeting Structure and Each Speaker

After you welcome all of the attendees, introduce the meeting structure so everyone knows what to expect. From there, introduce each participant and speaker before inviting them up to speak.

8. Keep Up The Energy, Including Applause

It may seem silly, but applause adds to the energy of the meeting and keeps the meeting moving on time. Lead the applause before and after each speaker.

9. Don't Leave the Presentation Area Empty

There should always be someone at the front of the meeting room. When you introduce a speaker, wait until they arrive at the front, shake their hand, and then leave the presentation area to turn it over to them. That way you never leave the front of the room awkwardly empty.

10. Make It Your Own!

Add your own flavor and have fun with your new role as Toastmaster!

Hopefully you'll have such a wonderful experience that you'll encourage your fellow ToastSpotters to sign up for the role of Toastmaster, and you too will sign up again!

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22 Tips for Giving Effective Feedback

Posted by Ellie Mirman

Jan 20, 2014, 10:55 AM

roosterThe speech evaluator role at the Toastmasters meeting is one the most critical and underrated roles available. Not only is this role essential for helping the speaker improve, but this role also is a great opportunity for the evaluator to practice some semi-impromptu speaking, learn how to balance encouraging and constructive feedback, and be a leader among the group.

How can you make the most of your speech evaluation? Here are 22 tips for giving effective feedback.

Prepare

1. Read about the speech project - understand the objectives of the speech so you know what to watch out for

2. Read the evaluation guide for the speech project - each speech project has a related evaluation guide in the Competent Communicator book; review the evaluation criteria so you know the outline for your written evaluation and guideline for your verbal evaluation

3. Ask the speaker what they're working on - aside from the objectives of the specific speech project, the speaker may be trying to work on something else (body language, use of notes, etc.) - check with the speaker ahead of the meeting to see if there's anything specific they'd like you to touch on in your evaluation

4. Collect the speaker's Competent Communicator book - before the meeting, make sure you have the speaker's book so you can provide their written evaluation

5. Be aware of past evaluations - remember back to the speaker's previous speeches and evaluations so as to touch on their overall progress and to not duplicate past feedback

Listen

6. Focus - while the speaker is presenting, don't let your mind wander and don't get too wrapped up in writing your notes so that you can take in as much of the speech as possible

7. Take notes - take a few notes so you can remember points you want to touch on and flush out once the speech is complete

8. Note the details - it's great to reference some of the details - for example, if there were some fantastic phrases, write those down, if there was a repetitive movement, note that as well - it helps to share specifics with the speaker so they know exactly what worked and what didn't

PRO TIP: As you take notes, start to organize them. For example, write the things-the-speaker-does-well on the left side of the paper and the things-the-speaker-should-work-on on the right side. This makes it easier to organize your evaluation once the speaker has finished.

Evaluate

9. Complete the written evaluation - using the guide, note how the speaker did on each evaluation criteria (though no need to comment on each point)

10. Choose what to cover in your verbal evaluation - you will not have a chance to cover everything, so pick the most important elements to discuss

11. Start with something encouraging - open your evaluation with something encouraging to set a positive, constructive tone

12. Evaluate those elements within the control of the speaker - everything you suggest for improvement should be within the control of the speaker

13. Be honest - about those elements that you enjoyed and those that you did not

14. Make it personal - share how the speech affected you, what you appreciated most from the speech

15. Be specific - for example, instead of saying "the organization of the speech was great," say, "the way you outlined the three sections in your introduction helped me understand and follow the organization of the speech"

16. Offer specific suggestions for improvement - for example, instead of saying "your arm waving was distracting, you should watch out for that," say, "your arm waving was distracting, try putting your hands by your side and using your body movement intentionally during parts of your speech where you want extra emphasis"

17. Use "and" rather than "but" - anytime you use "but" in a sentence, it negates what you just said; for example, "the organization of your speech was great, but you lost me at the end" makes me forget that you had something positive to say and makes me focus on the negative portion at the end; instead try something like, "the organization of your speech was great in your introduction, and I would have loved to see more of that throughout your speech"

18. Speak on behalf of yourself - your evaluation is your opinion, so limit your feedback to "I" rather than "we" or "the audience"

19. Act like a friend - use a friendly, non-threatening, non-judgmental tone; look at the speaker; smile -- the speaker will be that much more receptive to your feedback

20. End on a encouraging note - your goal is to have the speaker motivated to do their next speech, leveraging your feedback - you can re-emphasize the part of the speech you enjoyed the most or simply congratulate them on completing their speech

21. Follow up with the speaker - speak with them face-to-face after the meeting to congratulate them again, make sure they did not misinterpret any part of your evaluation, and return their Competent Communicator book

22. Don't wait to be the evaluator to give feedback - the more feedback a speaker gets, the better, so feel free to follow up with speakers after a meeting to share your thoughts on their speech

Want to read more? Check out Effective Evaluation, a guide from Toastmasters.org

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What is the Toastmasters Leadership Program - Plus Tips On Getting Certified Fast

Posted by Ellie Mirman

Oct 17, 2013, 9:38 AM

CL-pinWhen we think of Toastmasters, we think of public speaking. After all, this is a group where we can practice and improve our speaking skills, right? (Well, to employ the classic improv technique,) Yes, and this is a group where we can also practice and improve our leadership skills. Whether you do this while also working towards your Competent Communicator certification or you've chosen this as your main focus for your participation in the group, this is a valuable effort for your long term career as well as your immediate day job.

Great Leaders Are Great Speakers

It turns out that most great leaders are also great speakers. After all, there's so much speaking when it comes to leading - organizing and delegating, motivating people, mentoring and building teams. And there are quite a few leaders in history that were Toastmasters! Such as:

  • Nancy Brinker, Founder of Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and Former US Ambassador to Hungary
  • Peter Coors, Chairman of Coors Brewing Company
  • KC Jones, Former Coach of the Boston Celtics
  • James Lovell, US Astronaut on missions including Apollo 13
  • Linda Lingle, Former Governor of Hawaii

At this point, Toastmasters is grooming hundreds of thousands of speakers and leaders across the world - there are more than 14,000 Toastmasters clubs in more than 120 countries, totalling close to 300,000 members.

What is the Toastmasters Leadership Program?

The Competent Leader Certification is the first in the leadership track of Toastmasters and it includes 10 projects focused on different skills necessary for being a successful leader. Skills include listening, critical thinking, giving feedback, delegating, motivating, and mentoring. For each skill, there are a number of roles or projects you can take on to practice that skill. For example, to practice your listening skills, you can take any 3 of 4 roles during a typical meeting: Ah/Um Counter, Speech Evaluator, Grammarian, or Table Topics Speaker.

How to Get Your Competent Leader Certification in Record Time

I ended up getting my CL in no time, almost by accident, becoming the first in our club to do so. Here are two tips for all those future CLs who would like to get this certification under their belt.

Tip #1: Take every opportunity to participate.

Participate in every meeting you attend. Without even realizing it, this is how I got my CL so quickly - I participated in almost every meeting. Taking on roles every chance you get helps you finish your CL projects as fast as possible. (Plus, in doing so, you lead the rest of the group in participating more in meetings.)

Tip #2: Pick the roles most frequently tied to CL projects.

If you want to be strategic, check the roles you need to fill to complete your next project in the CL manual.  If you want to be sneaky or lazy (like me) and don't want to sift through what you should do next, here's my cheat sheet. Below are the number of mentions of each role or project in the CL manual.

  • General Evaluator - 5
  • Speech Evaluator - 4
  • Toastmaster - 4
  • Grammarian - 4
  • Organize a speech contest, club event, membership campaign, marketing campaign, or manage the website - 3
  • Speaker - 2
  • Table Topics Master - 2
  • Ah/Um Counter - 1
  • Table Topics Speaker - 1
  • Timer - 1
  • Mentor another member - 1

With these tips, I expect we'll be seeing new certified CLs popping up left and right. To get started, don't forget to sign up for a role in an upcoming meeting! And hey, if you get your CL in record time, there's an Advanced Leader Program waiting for you afterward. After all, the learning never stops!

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Your 2013 ToastSpot Officer Candidates & Winners!

Posted by Ellie Mirman

Jun 20, 2013, 8:13 PM

Update: The votes are in! Winners have been noted below.

Happy election day! At tonight's meeting (6pm in the Training Room), we'll vote on your new leaders of HubSpot Toastmasters. Join us for this special meeting and have your voice heard!

Let's meet the candidates!

Without further ado, I present to you the candidates running for leadership positions for the Toastmasters 2013-2014 year: (Congratulations to the winners, who have been highlighted in orange.)

  • President: Sarah Bedrick
  • VP Education: Marc Amigone, Maggie Georgieva, Nick Salvatoriello
  • VP Membership: Amy Ullman
  • VP Marketing*: Marc Amigone
  • Treasurer: Ellie Mirman
  • Secretary: Adam Gerard, Anand Rajaram
  • Sergeant of Arms: Chris LoDolce, Loree McDonald
  • New Member Chair: Loree McDonald, Anand Rajaram, Anna Siradze, Lindsay Thibeault
  • Member Education Chair: Adam Gerard, Nick Salvatoriello, Anna Siradze
  • Speaker Program Chair: Steve Haase

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Hey... there are some people running for more than one position!

Yes, candidates were allowed to run for up to two positions. In the event that they receive the most votes for both positions, they've selected their first choice and the other role will go to the next runner up.

And there are some positions with only one candidate...

Yes, you may be tempted to congratulate them already, but let's hold our applause till the end :)

There actually is one potential wildcard role (*) because that candidate is also running for another role. In the event that he wins for the other position, this one will be vacant and we'll run a very special wildcard election on the spot! Any available candidates will be allowed to throw their hat in the ring for this role for this last minute election.

Can't make it to the meeting but want your voice heard?

You can request an absentee ballot from Ellie Mirman today (email me or stop by my desk in the big Marketer room far corner nook). The only requirement is that you return your completed ballot by 5pm in order for us to count it with the in-meeting ballots.

On top of elections, we'll also have:

  • A special Electoral Edition of ToastPoints:  Mike Lemire will be emceeing, giving nominees the opportunity to strut their stuff and demonstrate exactly why they are best Toastmaster for the job.
  • Three awesome speeches:
    • Brand new Inbound Marketing Professor Lindsay Thibeault came to HubSpot less than two months ago, and wasted no time joining Toastmasters. She will be delivering her Ice Breaker Speech on her life changing experiences studying abroad. 
    • VAR Huntress extraordinaire, Anna Siradze wowed us with her first speech a few weeks ago, and we cannot wait to see what she brings for her sophomore effort.
    • Inbound Marketing Professor Sarah Bedrick will give her 10th speech, making her ToastSpot's second Competent Communicator. Come cheer her on and prepare to be inspired!
  • Beer and snacks (ok, the usual stuff from the kitchen) galore!

 

See you tonight!

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It's Election Season! Announcing ToastSpot Elections 2013

Posted by Ellie Mirman

May 16, 2013, 9:30 AM

vote-vaguelyartisticIt's hard to believe that another year has passed for HubSpot Toastmasters. It's election season again, which means we're looking for our next crop of officers to lead our growing group.

Whether you're considering taking on an officer role or you simply want to be an informed voter, here's all the info you need.

Election Season Timeline

  • Thursday, May 16: Nominations Open - Nominate yourself or another ToastSpotter to be an officer here.
  • Thursday, June 6: Open House - All HubSpotters are welcome to come see what ToastSpot is all about. We'll also have all of our officers in attendance so anyone interested in taking a role can ask questions about any of the roles.
  • Friday, June 14: Nominations Due
  • Thursday, June 20: Elections - Cast your vote and join the live meeting to be first to hear the results of the elections! (Note: there will be a remote voting option for official members.)

Why be an officer?

There are three levels of participation in Toastmasters: (1) attend meetings and participate as you like, (2) become an official member (HubSpot is sponsoring the memberships!) to do prepared speeches and earn certification, (3) be an officer and help make the group awesome.

Benefits to being an officer:

  1. Take a leadership role at HubSpot - Get recognized as a leader at HubSpot and prepare yourself for other leadership roles that become available.
  2. Get experience running a program - Toastmasters is a self-supported group of HubSpotters, and the leaders of the group make it happen. You have the opportunity to make it into something awesome and get the experience of building something.
  3. Boost your resume - In addition to the resume-building benefits of participating and getting certified at Toastmasters, being an officer (and showing what you've accomplished in that role) can pump up your resume.

What are the positions?

All positions are open for elections!

  1. President:
    • Serves as the club's CEO, responsible for general operation of the club. Directs the club in a way that meets the educational growth and leadership needs of members.
    • Questions about this role? Ask the current President: Ellie Mirman
  2. VP Education:
    • Promotes the educational benefits of Toastmasters participation and orients new members to the club. Each member gets a mentor (another member) that works with them and pushes them in their leadership and communication goals. Supports the evaluators to make sure they know how to provide great evaluations to speakers. Administers speech contests and other activities to promote the growth and participation of members.
    • Questions about this role? Ask the current VP Education: Maggie Georgieva
  3. VP Membership:
    • Plans, organizes, and implements a continuous marketing efforts, ensuring the club maintains or exceeds 20 members. Works with groups inside and outside Toastmasters to promote club membership and membership retention. Prepares and maintains membership lists, dues payments, and attendance reports for Toastmasters International.
    • Questions about this role? Ask the current VP Membership: Sarah Bedrick
  4. VP Marketing:
    • Develops, implements, and executes on marketing activities for the club (both inside and outside HubSpot). Responsible for any marketing of the club and representing the club in any media.
    • Quesitons about this role? Ask the current co-VPs Marketing: Nick Salvatoriello and Steve Haase
  5. Treasurer:
    • Manage all the finances of the group, including managing the dues payments (sponsored by HubSpot) and any other expenses and budget the group may have.
    • Questions about this role? Ask the current Treasurer: Amy Ullman
  6. Secretary:
    • Responsible for all club records and correspondence. Keeps all official club documents and submits updated membership and officer records to Toastmasters International. Records minutes at officer meetings and orders any Toastmasters supplies.
    • Questions about this role? Ask the current Secretary: Anand Rajaram
  7. Sergeant of Arms:
    • Serves as the master host, preparing any physical space requirements (booking rooms, having chairs, etc.) for club meetings and supports any social events planned by the club.
    • Questions about this role? Ask the current Sergeant of Arms: Brittany Leaning
  8. New Member Chair:
    • Works with the VP Membership to bring on new members - welcoming guests to meetings and encouraging interested prospects to become new members, set their goals, and get connected with a mentor.
    • This is a new role! Since this person will work with the VP Membership, direct your questions to our current officer: Sarah Bedrick
  9. Member Education Chair:
    • Works with the VP Education to ensure that members are reaching their personal and professional goals. Supports the mentorship program, club meeting attendance, and overall health of the member base.
    • This is a new role! Since this person will work the VP Education, direct your questions to our current officer: Maggie Georgieva
  10. Speaker Program Chair:
    • Acts as the liaison with the Speaker Program Manager on the marketing team and helps interested ToastSpotters qualify for external speaking opportunities and get those opportunities.
    • This is a new role! Direct your questions to our interim speaker program manager: Ellie Mirman

All officers meet periodically to plan and execute on club operations and growth.

Submit Your Nomination!

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David Meerman Scott on Getting Started with Speaking & Making a Good Speech Great

Posted by Ellie Mirman

Apr 14, 2013, 9:00 AM

DMSA couple of weeks ago, we had the pleasure of hosting David Meerman Scott, best-selling author and professional speaker, at our Toastmasters club. He was practicing a super-secret new presentation he's doing, which will hopefully be on video soon so we can share - and also see how the presentation turned out. (Update: David presented his talk on "The Need to Explore" at TEDx Amherst - check out the video at the bottom of this post.)

Not only is David an amazing speaker (and long-time HubSpot friend and advisor), he's also a Toastmaster! David co-founded a Toastmasters club in Tokyo 20+ years ago, did it for 6 years, and even served as President for part of that time. David shares - among other great tips - that Toastmasters was one of the best things he did to build the basic speaking skills that led to where he is today.

 

Watch the video to hear David's tips for Toastmasters:

 

David shared his thoughts on two points:

Terrified of public speaking?

Practice among friends! That's why David recommends Toastmasters - it's a great way to get experience so that you improve your skills and get more comfortable.

Looking to make a good speech great?

Great speeches have a lot of elements that need to come together - from body language to content to so much more. David works with a speaker coach to focus on a particular aspect of his speech for each presentation. For one presentation it might be eliminating distracting movement, in another, it might be adding more dramatic pauses. Pick one element you want to work on in each speech you deliver (hey, that sounds like the Toastmasters program!).

David is a big proponent of Toastmasters and shared, "Toastmasters is so great because it gives you a chance to speak in front of a welcoming and encouraging audience that can help you get better."

Thanks to David for making it out to our club - can't wait for you to attend an upcoming meeting!

And now, David Meerman Scott's TEDx talk on "The Need to Explore" - congrats, David, this turned out fantastic!

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2nd Annual ToastSpot Speech Contest Results Are In!

Posted by Ellie Mirman

Mar 24, 2013, 8:00 AM

This year's ToastSpot speech competition was even bigger than last year's. We had not one, but TWO competitions and about 30 HubSpotters attended, including special executive guests Brian Halligan, Jim O'Neil, Arjun Moorthy, and Andrew Quinn.

A big thanks to Rachael Plummer for organizing the event and everyone who participated in a role or cheered on the contestants. Now let's get to the good stuff - the contestants' speeches.

International Speech Contest

This contest challenged our speakers to present a remarkable speech. Not necessarily tied to a particular speech project in the Toastmasters CC manual, these speeches are 5-7 minutes (well, 4.5-7.5 minutes) and tend to be inspiring topics that engage the audience.

Contestant #1: Steve Haase - How to Make Boston Awesome: What's in the Way, and What You Can Do

Steve's speech centered on a very relevant topic for HubSpotters: how Boston actually suppresses innovation. He shared stories such as that of a clothing truck innovator who was shut down, and stats such as the percentage of Boston-area college students who leave after graduation (it's 50% - the highest in the country).  Steve complemented his speech with great visuals (not bullet points!) and was incredibly eloquent and natural, as always. Check out the video of Steve's speech below.

 

Contestant #2: Sarah Bedrick - Lessons Learned from My 11-Year-Old Self

Sarah shared a personal story for her speech, detailing the first time she went waterskiing - and the first time she felt the fear of failure. It was a powerful story with a lot of great movement (like showing how to sit back when you're in water skis) and imagery (getting pulled by fish with their mouths wide open) and humor (afraid of the cookie monster? really?). This speech had a little of everything - watch the video to see what I mean.

 

Contestant #3: Matthew Stein - How Not to Eat Fast Food

In this speech, Matthew not only brought back his expertise (food!) but also his powers of persuasion to get us to say "no" to fast food once and for all. Matthew had a great moment of telling us he wasn't going to preach to us - proclaiming this to us and banging on our swanky new podium - but Maggie, the Evaluator, caught on to Matthew's tricks and commended him on a sneaky way to persuade without seeming like he's persuading us. Beyond that, I'll give Matthew props for taking this speech not just to convince us not to eat fast food, but to give us practical tips to make it a reality. Watch the video and see.

And the winner is....

Sarah Bedrick! Congratulations, Sarah. Sarah will go on to do her speech at the Area-level competition soon and ToastSpotters will be invited to go and cheer her on.

Table Topics Contest

Table Topics, or Toast Points as they're lovingly called at HubSpot, are short (1-2 minute) extemporaneous (that means unprepared!) speeches on a topic given at the moment of the speech. We had 4 contestants who came and delivered some killer speeches on the topics below. Perhaps you'll notice the theme!

Drew Wallace - #Winning

Anum Hussain - #ThingsIDoWhenImHomeAlone

Marc Amigone - #PostGradProblems

Nick Salvatoriello - #IceCreamCone (well, sort of...)

And the winner is...

Anum Hussain! Congrats, Anum. Can't wait to see you kill it again in the Area-level competition.

Thanks again to everyone who attended, participated, or judged. Make sure you're on our email list to hear when we'll go to the Area-level competition to cheer on Sarah and Anum.

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Top 5 Reasons to Join HubSpot Toastmasters

Posted by Ellie Mirman

Mar 7, 2013, 8:30 AM

awesome-street-moonlightbulbToastSpot, the HubSpot chapter of Toastmasters International, started in October 2011 as what was probably the first professional development opportunitiy for HubSpotters. Since then it's grown to be so much more and we have dozens of HubSpotters showing up to each meeting and special events like contests and field trips.

Why should you join ToastSpot? How about these 5 awesome reasons:

1. Improve your speaking skills.

Whether you're in marketing, sales, services, development, or any other department, Toastmasters is *the* way to improve your speaking skills. If nothing else, this is a great outlet to come practice speaking, work on specific skills from organizing your speech to leveraging vocal variety and visuals to delivering a persuasive, inspiring speech.

A number of HubSpotters are practicing to prepare for speaking engagements outside of HubSpot, but aside from that, each and every one of us has speaking opportunities in our day to day jobs - from weekly team meetings to monthly Smervices to sales and services calls with prospects and customers.

2. Develop your leadership skills.

In addition to the communication track of Toastmasters, which aims to develop your speaking skills over time, there are a lot of leadership opportunities - from being an officer (elected annually) who makes this club a reality to taking a role like the Evaluator or Table Topics Master at any meeting. 

Taking a leadership role at ToastSpot improves your leadership skills (such as leading a meeting or organizing an event or building a club) that you can use in your day-to-day job, while also getting you noticed by HubSpotters across the company. Building connections and getting noticed by HubSpotters across the company is a great way to pave the way for future career opportunities at HubSpot.

3. Get internationally recognized certifications.

Once you become an official member, you receive a book of speaking projects (speeches centered on developing specific speaking skills) and once you complete them, you receive an internationally recognized Competent Communicator certification. Similar to the Competent Communicator certification, as an official member you can complete leadership projects and receive the internationally recognized Competent Leadership certification. These two certifications are great to put on your resume and take with you beyond HubSpot.

4. Meet fellow HubSpotters.

While all of these other benefits are great, probably the #1 reason I love Toastmasters is for the opportunity to meet fellow HubSpotters. At the current size and pace of growth of the company, it can be hard to meet coworkers outside of your specific team. Toastmasters brings together HubSpotters from almost every department - sales, services, marketing, and product.

5. Participate in the External Speaking Program.

On top of building your speaking skills for all of the times you speak in front of a group already, you can volunteer to participate in the external speaking program. We've partnered with the PR team (that places HubSpotters for speaking engagements) to train and nominate new potential speakers for external speaking opportunities. HubSpot gets a lot of requests for speakers, and we can't supply our executives for smaller audiences, and at the same time, we've heard many HubSpotters express interest in taking such speaking engagements. By becoming a ToasSpot member, doing a number of speeches to demonstrate your ability, you can get placed in the rotation for future speaking opportunities of varying size and audience. Learn more about the external speaking program here.

Have other reasons that got you to join ToastSpot? Share them in the comments!

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