Well, for starters, teachers don't suggest you join the speech team unless they see potential. YOU have potential! You have a spark, maybe a touch of natural ability, and your teacher noticed. You are probably also a hard worker. Being a member of a speech team requires hard work and dedication, flexibility, the ability to take criticism and make it work for you, and persistence. You won't start out winning a lot of award, but every speech you give will be better than the last one! You learn by doing, by messing up, and getting back up. It's like an intellectual sporting event! The benefits of competing on a speech team are amazing. First, you make a bunch of friends. You practice and get better at crafting a speech - and if you want to succeed in life those skills will come in handy. You learn to deliver a speech under pressure - yeah, it's a competition! If you want to go into law, be a preacher, or teach school, everything you learn on the speech team will come in handy later on. Get a good coach. And go for it!