Oratory skills, as I have discovered, is one of the many skills required by a Systems Architect. In my quest to mirror Cato or Socrates, I was introduced to local Toastmasters Club.
Toastmasters gives one the opportunity to improve one’s public speaking skills. One of my favorite portions of my weekly Toastmasters meeting is what is called ‘Table topics”. In “Table Topics”, you are given the opportunity to practice your “off the cuff” speaking skills. This I have observed is an excellent skill for a Systems Architect.
I am on a Communication Competency track in my local Toastmasters club. When I complete 10 speeches, I will receive my Communication Competency certificate. Ironically my second speech was about blogging.
I am now trying to figure out my next speech. Maybe something technical- Cloud Computing, SOA, etc; however because of my fellow Toastmasters are from a diverse background, my next speech may have to be less technical.