When my mother was a member of Toastmasters, it made sense because she's always worked in Communications.
When The Husband was a member of Toastmasters, I thought that Table Topics meant that four or five people sat around a table discussing a current event. (It's not.)
When my company started a Toastmasters club, I scoffed. Why would anyone voluntarily put herself out in front of 20 co-workers, just to be told that her public speaking sucks?
A year later, the joke is (still) on me.
I am a charter member of our club.
I am a club officer (though I took on a role that wasn't out-of-character for me, so I didn't feel any pressure to exert myself).
I have nearly completed my Competent Leader manual.
Today, I was elected President of our club for the 2013-2014 year.
It's amazing how much can change in just a single year.
I'm still afraid of getting up and speaking in front of people. I still prefer to let others do the talking while I do the writing. And I will always be an introvert.
Now I volunteer for whatever is needed in our club. I have been asked to join a District-level committee. And our club mentor has suggested that I run for an Area office next year, after I serve as club President.