We are highlighting different members through our blog, to learn more about them. This is perhaps an extension of an icebreaker to get to know our members better. 

Here what we learned when we caught up with Matt.

Matt, how long have you been a Toastmaster?

My toastmasters experience began nearly two years ago. I initially sought to find a club in which I could improve my public speaking skills, but what I found was a positive uplifting community to thrive in. 

Are you an entrepreneur? What do you do for a living?

I run my own training company called Fit4Life Athletics. While I serve clients ranging from 13-85, my primary training focus is working with youth. I have developed a small group training program for middle schoolers that focuses on combining leadership and athletic development through fitness challenges & non-traditional sports. The program is set up to train teens over a broad range of athleticism effectively. Teens that participate in the program will have the opportunity to track their fitness progress while developing strong relationships with other teens around the same age. My vision for this program is to create a community that prioritizes health and interpersonal communication amongst peers and adults. 

Being an entrepreneur can be challenging, how has been a toastmaster helped you succeed with your own business?

A year ago, our former president Yoon Cho, asked me to take to consider running for president of the Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Toastmasters. At first, I was concerned about the responsibilities involved in such a position. I knew that stepping up and accepting a leadership role in the club would fast track my leadership growth. My decision to be president was perhaps the best decision I’ve made in the last year, besides marrying my now wife. My growth as a speaker and as a leader has skyrocketed since. 

What advice do you have for new members?

My advice for new members is to be as proactive as possible with every meeting. I decided after my first month in the club to do a minimum of 2 speeches a month. By doing this, I forced myself to get out of my comfort zone and to prioritize myself. Remember, toastmasters is your time of the day to work on yourself, and the more proactive we are, the more we benefit from this time!

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