Alan Donegan has newfound confidence since Toastmaster training. Image: CONTRIBUTED
Shyness can hold you back in business. Networking event, meetings, public speaking
opportunities – all these are great ways to promote your business and painful experiences if you are very shy.
Alan Donegan used to be painfully shy, he wouldn’t “say boo to a goose” and hated talking to strangers as all. Three years ago he lost his job. His confidence was rock bottom and although he dreamt of starting his own business, he simply did not have the confidence.
However all this changed when he joined Toastmasters
Toastmasters’ mission is to provide a mutually supportive environment for improving your public speaking and leadership skills. There are over 250 clubs across the UK and Ireland.
As Toastmasters is a safe environment with no judgement – just feedback - Alan was persuaded to give a talk to his club and to try to tackle his shyness.
“I performed in front of the club and they laughed. They enjoyed my speeches. It gave me a huge amount of confidence. My fellow members were incredibly supportive and kind. They helped me to change my style and built my confidence.”
With continuous feedback and encouragement from his fellow members Alan’s confidence grew and his shyness gradually disappeared. It took time, but each month Alan could sense another step on the road towards putting that painfully shy past behind him.
Since joining Toastmasters three years ago Alan has: