Thank you for the trust you placed in me in May. I joined the organisation in 2013 out of sheer puzzlement hearing a group meeting in my workplace that kept clapping and cheering at lunchtime. It intrigued me!
I will also remember Linda, the first person that talked to me about Toastmasters and how it could benefit me as an individual and the organisation at large.
What I did not know then were the tremendous opportunities Toastmasters brings to its members:
- Practice Public Speaking
- Develop and Practice Leadership Skills
- Gain confidence in any situation
- Master the elevator speech
- And the list goes on …
In my 7+ years as a member, I discovered or perhaps re-discovered, the power of conversation, the power of words and the power of human interaction. Whether a member, Club Leader or District Officer, we are all volunteers, spending our precious time improving our own skills but also supporting others in doing the same.
Cherish the feedback, praise and celebration you receive at Club meetings.
We have a tremendous District, with deep skills in pretty much any domain that I can think of, this makes us successful, this makes us who we are, tackling challenges one after the other.
This year marks the beginning of Pathways becoming our only and future-looking education programme, allowing our members to develop more skills than ever before. Choose a path and progress to the next level, you will be transformed!
As you prepare for your next meeting, ask yourself … how can I bring this unique experience to others? Will this meeting be the best it can be?
Ask colleagues, friends and acquaintances to attend your next meeting, I am sure they will gain a unique perspective and perhaps even think about joining your Club! Now is the time to reach out and share our experience.
I look forward to seeing you at the meeting, and always remember:
“We learn best in moments of enjoyment”
Ralph C. Smedley