Where I learned Public Speaking

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?

About Tom Ware

I'm into speaking to audiences. My particular forte is telling stories. Morevover, I've addressed over 750 audiences and in excess of 40,000 people during the past eighteen years - excluding those I've addressed in my Toastmasters clubs. Additionally, I've presented classes to adults on Metaphysics and Spirituality (non sectarian) and Popular Psychology between 2001 and 2008. I'm an avid writer, been at it for forty-five years. Speaking is a passion, of course, as mentioned above. I started in 1972 with Toastmasters. My speciality is Storytelling and some years ago people began to flatter me with the titles: Prince of Storytellers, and Master Storyteller. Also, Tusitala Tom (Tusitala means Storyteller in Polynesian) I am also into 'serious' meditation (Vipassana as taught by S N Goenka) Started that in 1986. Additionally, I'm an Automatic Writing practioner and have been able to 'channel' for over forty years. Bit about me. Born in London UK and migrated to Australia in 1951. Started my first job day after my fifteenth birthday in that year. I've been a postal worker, sailor, aviation air-ground man, overseas telegraph operator. I've worked for an electrical power-supply company, been a truck driver, a foundry labourer, laboratory assistant, a police radio operator, and office worker - even an Antarctic expeditioner. Worked and lived in a number of countries, but am now 'retired' and enjoying life - probably as never before. I've been married - yes to the same woman! - for fifty-three years and have three grown up children and four grandchildren.
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