Meet A Toastmaster: Sharon Andrews

Treasurer and Poet

Why have you joined Toastmasters?

I have joined to gain confidence in speaking or presenting to an audience

What is your Toastmasters journey?

I joined since the beginning of the pandemic and worked from home. Therefore my experience has been all via MS Teams and Zoom. This has given me lots of top tips for creating a good on-screen presence.

Why should anyone take on a leadership role in Toastmasters?

I took it on as a challenge. My job is as an administrator and I was asked if I would take on the treasurer role. As I am not confident with finance I took it on as a challenge. What I found is more confidence in my own abilities. I also enjoy the committee meetings and the fellowship I get with the team

What is your next challenge?

I am preparing a speech that lasts 18-21 minutes. This is the longest one to date as typically they have been 5-7 minutes. This will be a challenge for sure. My speech is about becoming a published poet and is part of the Level 5 Presentation Mastery path in Pathways.

Poem by Sharon

I joined County Communicators
To learn to be a better orator
To practice proficient presenting
And when I started attending
What I found was this:
It is a meeting not to be missed
A group of like- minded individuals
Fine tuning phrases and syllables
A bevy of uplifting folk
Sharing thoughts and the occasional joke
An oasis in the midweek mayhem
In other words an absolute gem
A chance to develop self- esteem
In the supporting arms of a dream team
We all provide well considered feedback
Evaluations that keep us on track
Many roles with which to practice
Lots of hints and marvellous tips
And lastly a point I have to recommend
You will come away having made new friends