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Public speaking is your fastest path to self-confidence, and will put you in the top 5% of your peers.

When I joined Toastmasters I had one goal: to be myself on stage! I grew from too-scared to attend my first meeting in 2010, to competing in the International Speech Contest on stage in front of 500 people in 2013 – and placing in the top-18 worldwide at the Toastmasters International Speech Contest.

In 2010, while presenting a prepared speech, I forgot my next line for 28 seconds. Twenty-eight seconds is a long-ass time! And everybody eventually figured out that it wasn’t a long pause. I went totally blank. I forgot my name, the name of my speech, even what planet I was on. I survived and thrived. And so will you!