Five years ago, someone suggested I go to toastmasters, for personal development and to help with career progression. Best time to go is in the evening but after work – so the question was whether to attend a group near by workplace or closer to home. The best option existed around 7pm close to my home. So I chose that.
And boy was I disappointed! I went twice, but the group were much older than me and had very different reason for being part of the group. This gave me a bad impression. So I dropped out and didn’t look back. I forgot about Toastmasters until someone mentioned it to me again a few weeks ago.
Since I’m looking to soon start my own business, the concept of trying again (elsewhere) appealed. And that’s what I’m doing now. Since I have flexible hours right now, I’m feeler freer to partake in this than I was before. I went to one group this week (was great, I loved it) and will be attending another group in two weeks time. I’ll make my decision soon.
Perhaps now is a better time for me to do this than 5 years ago. Who knows?!
First impressions count for so much – I think it’s always important to remember that a good or bad first impression can have lasting effects. And the bad impression I got from the first group definitely contributed to me postponing this for a good 5 years.