Yesterday I attended a Toastmasters event in Barcelona for the first time. If you haven’t heard about them, they are a non-profit organization that teaches how to speak in public and raise outstanding speakers like this one.
While I was sit there watching the speeches, I got myself thinking what was the reason people were reunited. I mean, of course they wanna learn something, but truth is they could do it from home, watching Youtube videos. So what was the real reason behind it? Believe me or not, the answer came directly from one of the speakers when she opened by saying she tried to teach her husband how to iron a shirt. She gave him all the tricks. First, you need to put some water over here, then you turn to the cotton function and start stretching it out. Do you think he learned? Not at all. He didn’t learn until he started doing it himself by discovering each corner of that ironing table.
Practice. This is the real way we learn things. And in order to do that we gotta be open to failure by making it part of the road until we get better at what we’re doing.
I liked the session very much and will probably come back. What outcome I expect to get out of that? I still don’t know. What I do know is that I value when we speak with clarity, when we are able to create true connection with our audience.