Yes – Stay in Toastmasters!

Toastmasters  has imbued in me an ‘attitude of gratitude’ that cannot be overstated.  The longer I stay in our wonderful organization the more I appreciate just about everything about it.  Like many, I was initially terrified of public speaking.  Now I love it.  It was back in 1961 when an instructor at work gave his opening address to a class of twelve before the start of a three-month technical course that I realized that nothing reveals character more than a speech sincerely given.   I wanted to be like that man, be able to speak with such eloquence and yet humility. Eleven years passed before I joined my first Toastmasters club but joining definitely changed my life.

 
Nothing engenders in us that sense of confidence more than being able to deliver a speech well.  However, the tyro speaker does not generally have confidence.  Membership of a Toastmasters club enables this.   It is probably the best public speaking class room in the world today.  It is certainly the best value.

 
However, it does take time to move from courage to confidence and from confidence to competence.   To reach excellence takes considerably longer.  Yet  if you stay Toastmasters and do those assignments you cannot not improve. It’s assured.  My first audience was a score of people at wedding reception in 1960.  I was petrified   Today, before two Toastmaster friends and a hundred non-Toastmasters, I kept an audience entertained for an hour.   Yes, and they loved it – and so did I. 

 

So, if you want to constantly improve as a speaker then keep on speaking.  Keep on presenting to those audiences.   But just as important – stay in Toastmasters!   Stay!  Never leave!   In that way your fullest potential as a speaker will be realized.

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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