Are you familiar with Toastmasters? It is a nationwide non-profit organization developing public speaking and leadership skills through practice and feedback. Our Toastmasters Club is a local chapter specifically for agents at KW Memorial and KW Energy Corridor!

If you’re wondering why you should focus on public speaking as a real estate agent, the ability to calmly and efficiently grow your business through public speaking will give you a leg up when it comes to finding new clients. You can use public speaking to spread the word about your services to more people at one time!

You could give speeches about real estate to all sorts of organizations, such as civic groups, business groups, trade organizations and so on, along with at community events, such as neighborhood block parties, farmer’s markets, festivals and more. If a business group or company regularly holds meetings for their members or employees, that’s a great opportunity as well.

Think of your speech as an enhanced listing presentation, where you can talk about current home prices in the area, inventory, financing, community growth and so much more. Choose a topic that you’re comfortable with and knowledgeable about!

By joining our Toastmasters Club, you can practice your public speaking skills in a fun environment, surrounded by other KW Memorial and KW Energy Corridor agents just like you, in a room full of support. Public speaking is one of the most popular human fears, which may date back to our ancestors’ fear of being noticed by predators! If you can relate to this fear, join the club for practice and confidence before venturing out into the Houston real estate market to offer speeches.

Our Toastmasters Club is hosted by Garrett Hall, who established the club after he started attending Toastmasters classes and saw immediate improvement in his public speaking skills. As the education coordinator, he wanted to help other agents improve their skills as well.

“In this industry, you have to be an effective communicator to be successful. Toastmasters helps people communicate more effectively,” Garrett said.

The club meets every week for one hour. Each hour, a few presentations are given, an impromptu speaking activity is performed, and then each speaker gets an evaluation. This is a great chance to take a break during the week to socialize with other agents within our company and to gain support for something you might fear most!

Alexandra Ibarra is one of our agents who is involved with the club. She says, “Toastmasters had been under my radar to try, so when I saw that Keller Williams was going to start their own club, I was stoked! It allows me the opportunity to practice speaking in front of others. I’m very aware of the nervous ticks I have, however in this setting, I’m confident I’ll get constructive criticism and encouragement as well. With this combo and the structured meetings, I’m finding toastmasters very helpful in building my confidence speaking in front of others.”

Jessica Morena is another agent that is very fond of the club. She says, “I love our toastmasters club! It allows for all of us to become better speakers and builds our overall confidence. The speeches are always great to hear because everyone has a story and we get to hear pieces of it throughout each speech. I want to be a motivational speaker so this club is perfect for me!”

Interested in joining our team here at Keller Williams Memorial Realty, or in learning more about our business center, Keller Williams Energy Corridor? contact team leader Michael Bossart at michaelb@kw.com!

Here are a few photos of the Toastmasters Club: