Well I have started on a new journey in my life. I have joined Toastmasters!
In March I joined a local Toastmasters club to improve my public speaking and to network with like minded individuals.
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On July 2nd I prepared and delivered my first prepared speech – the Ice Breaker speech. In this speech you are to introduce yourself to the club and speak 5 to 7 minutes sharing details of your life you want to share.
For me five minutes was not near enough! I can talk all day about me. I am a subject matter expert on myself don’t you know, and have a few years with myself as well. But for the sake of the other members I shared in less than 7 minutes.
Now I have been a leader, teacher, singer, master of ceremonies and coach for most of my life. I really don’t have a problem talking in front of other people, but this crowd is different. They all are trying to better their speaking abilities and know when I am messing up – they are just looking for it!
There is someone at the meeting who counts the number of times you say – uh, ah, so, and so, use improper grammar and repeat yourself. This person had a field day with me. I know I have a problem with my dialect and use of the English language, but I don’t care to stand up and share what I know.
My speech was titled “Blackberry Wisdom”. Wonder where I got that idea. Through the speech preparation I found my life can be best summed up by sharing a few details from the different seasons of my life.
So now with the 1st speech behind me, I am ready now to aim toward becoming a Distinguished Toastmasters (DTM). Let the journey begin!