James Clear explores how our environment affects our habits in his best-selling book Atomic Habits. If we want to read more books, placing books in various parts of our house can serve as a sign to our minds to read; similarly, placing notebooks and pens throughout the room might serve as a sign to write.
If you want to improve your leadership and communication skills, you’ll need to start with a habit. Toastmasters might be a good place to start.
While we may have always been told that communication and leadership are necessary abilities, we may not have always had the opportunity to put them into practice. Furthermore, these are talents that we improve through practicing. We may fumble and fall at first, making the initial step terrifying and frightening. This is where the environmental cue becomes even more important. You are permitted to go blank and forget your lines at weekly Toastmasters club meetings as long as you strive to take that first step.
This has prompted me to explore with speechcraft and other aspects of communication. With butterflies, boxes, and glasses, I’ve presented speeches. As part of my lecture, I set up the keyboard and played Mozart for the crowd. I’ve put on a magic hat and done tricks that I completely forgot about halfway through. Some of them were successful, while others were not.
When I found myself in a situation where there were leaders, I decided to improve on my leadership qualities by joining the club executive committee. I had the opportunity to reflect on my strengths and limitations as a communicator
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Leadership tip: Can Toastmasters serve as your cue?