Thought I’d list, for my own edification, the organizations and clubs in which I learned and honed my public speaking skills. There have been many.
The first was an evening college in Auckland, New Zealand. I think it may have preceeded my joining my first Toastmaster Club in that fair city. But to be brief, I have studied at three evening colleges, three Rostrum Clubs and ten Toastmasters Clubs across a period of forty-one years.
Then there has been quite a number of courses undertaken at work when I was a trainer, and those run by the trade union I belonged to back in the 1980s.
So my training has been quite thorough. But when one receives it is expected that one should give. So I have given many presentations, and presented many training courses – and not only in the areas of Public Speaking and, my forte’, Storytelling. There were, for example my eight years teaching U3A Students material from my course: Inner Quest – Our Search for Happiness, Body, Mind, and Spirit.
Today, at seventy-seven, I am still a member of three Toastmaster Clubs and am thoroughly enjoying my membership. I continue to learn, I continue to grow in my abilities. I love what I do, and I do what I love. How could anyone really ask for more?