Thursday, May 26, 2005

Sharpen the Saw

One of the habits that Covey talks about is "Sharpen the Saw" which means hone your skills and stay on top of your game. One of the ways I do that is by participating in a local Toastmaster's Group. We meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday evening of the month. What is great about our club is that we all get turns to grow in different roles. One day you might be speaking or actually running the meeting. You also could be evaluating a speech or helping give candidates impromptu speaking opportunities.

  • For me Toastmaster's has given me confidence to speak to groups or one on one with a client.
  • It helps me think on my feet. You never know what is around the corner and I like to feel like I can handle any situation as it arises.
  • I provides me with the tools I need to learn how to prepare a presentation that falls within the timelines proscribed and how to get my point across in a way that people will understand.
  • It has taught me leadership through the various roles I have performed. I was just elected President of our club and will start in that role in July.
  • It is also a great place to meet like-minded people who might be able to do business with you.

No matter where you are in life, this might be a good tool for you to help you sharpen your saw.