How was CB&I Paddington Toastmasters club born with the help of Broadgate speakers?
Having been a member of Broadgate Speakers for some time I realised that many of my work colleagues at American oil services company CB&I could greatly benefit from toastmasters so I decided to try and create a corporate club at CB&I. Broadgate Speakers was very instrumental acting as the club sponsor and VPE Dudley Flynn became our sponsor.
To introduce toastmasters to CB&I, several members of Broadgate Speakers including Dudley Flynn, Rob Cole, Candy Ikokwu and Christopher Hall helped me to deliver a very successful demonstration meeting in February 2015. Since that time various members of Broadgate speakers gave speeches at our fledgling club including Lucas Di Carlo and Alex Chisholm and together with the regular support of our sponsor Dudley the new club has grown significantly and magnificently, achieving chartership in July 2015 and attracting 27 active members!
Setting up the CB&I Paddington Toastmasters club has been a very rewarding experience; it enabled me to expand my leadership skills, learn about gaining buy-in from internal stakeholders and nurture my coaching skills to build a Toastmasters committee. Most importantly though it gave me a different insight into Toastmasters; Toastmasters is about camaraderie. It was the camaraderie of my fellow Toastmasters that helped the new club grow and flourish.