Rachel Woodman Presents to Up & Coming About The Benefits Of Toastmasters

Rachel Woodman relocated from Minneapolis-Saint Paul in August 2014 when she took on a role as Market Development Manager with CenturyLink, here she is a marketing and public relations strategist overseeing a 3+ state region. Rachel is active in the community with a passion for women and youth and was recently named the Area 63 Director for Toastmasters International. Rachel can be contacted at rachelwoodman@hotmail.com or at 651-366-1555.

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Our organization has more than 345,000 memberships. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 15,900 clubs in 142 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations. The world needs leaders. Leaders head families, coach teams, run businesses and mentor others. These leaders must not only accomplish, they must communicate. By regularly giving speeches, gaining feedback, leading teams and guiding others to achieve their goals in a supportive atmosphere, leaders emerge from the Toastmasters program. Every Toastmasters journey begins with a single speech. During their journey, they learn to tell their stories. They listen and answer. They plan and lead. They give feedback—and accept it. Through our community of learners, they find their path to leadership. Learn more at www.toastmasters.org or visit Rachel's home club at www.tm210.org

  • Why did you join Toastmasters?
    • I joined Toastmasters to strengthen my public speaking skills after accepting a promotion that required me to be a company spokesperson, appear in media interviews, and frequently present to employees. Since joining the club, I have increased my confidence, become a more impactful speaker, and strengthened my skills as a leader. I'm very passionate about Toastmasters because of everything it has helped me to achieve.
  • What has been your biggest challenge for the group?
    • For Toastmasters clubs in Sioux Falls getting the word out can be the largest challenge. For Sioux Falls Club 210 this was a challenge for us as well in the not so distance past. In 2014, the club struggled with membership but the leadership has since grown the club from 10 members to 29 strong, ambitious, and vibrant members focused on personal and professional success. Our current challenge is to maintain our momentum!
  • What do you see the next step being for yourself and the group?
    • As Area 63 Director, this year I will be focused on bringing several Sioux Falls Toastmasters clubs together to develop a local speaking event for the community. These events will help members in many clubs grow and allow us to connect with our community in a new way.