When I joined Toastmasters in 2014, I was a retired management consultant, still doing coaching, mostly with business people. My motivation for joining was to expand my local community and grow my ability to speak about my coaching work in public. I used my speeches to clarify my thinking and practice communicating parts of what I was doing. I also learned to get out of my comfort zone by doing humorous speeches and learning to tell stories.
I never expected that five years later Toastmasters would be the incubator for a new venture I call The New Retirement Project.
The New Retirement Project and the New Retirement blog are about exploring new perspectives and new strategies for well-being in retirement; finding order, meaning, purpose and adventure.
Toastmasters are always improving their craft. However, that doesn’t mean we don’t sometimes wonder ‘what was I thinking’ when we committed to giving a particular speech. Especially when it’s the night before and we’re panicking and hitting a wall.
Maybe it’s not coming together and we’re worried we’ll look like idiots.
Or maybe it’s the wrong topic that has us in a panic.
Maybe it’s just not quite the right fit. Recently, someone had one speech ready and then when the moment came, she felt inspired, and delivered a completely different speech that what she’d planned.
What if it’s about taking a bigger risk and stepping on to a new learning edge? What if feeling unprepared just meansthe process for creating speeches has changed from the first moment we stand behind the lectern and deliver (or read!) our Icebreaker speech?
This idea was brought home to me in my recent experience giving a speech about the Wall, the Wobble, and the Wilderness..
38 members and former members gathered early this morning to celebrate as Morningstars Toastmasters marked 20 years as a club.
“Kind, confident, and caring” were just three words used by a former member who joined us for the occasion. The meeting was chaired with his usual poise by PJ Reece.
“Very inspiring, filled with kindness. Loved it.” Comment from a guest.
“I am happy to finally get myself out of the house early enough to get to a Morningstars meeting. I had a great time, the energy was very high. Everyone was welcoming. Thank you and congratulations for your 20 years. ” Comment from a guest.
Everyone at the meeting received an agenda to follow along with the different roles.
One of the greetings from a former member who was not able to attend gave us all a glimpse into how much influence TM has in peoples’s lives. Tammie, a former member who has moved out of the community, reminded us of a table topics speech she gave on the textiles of Bali. Members still remember her vivid description, and she shared with us that she has now booked a trip to Bali.
A former member and part of the executive team of Morningstars sent the following message.
“Congratulations you bright MorningStar‘s on this 20th year anniversary!
I wish I could be there to celebrate with you and to share in the stories of transformed lives!
The foundational leadership base in the club is unmatched… I personally owe them a mountain of gratitude for their unwavering belief that I could become all that I was created to be.
Their fundamental belief that EVERYONE, with a healthy dose of affirmation mixed with hard work, can become a better communicator and in turn influence the world around them, has made the club a smashing success!
I give a hearty hip hip hooray to the Magnificent Morningstars of the Sunshine Coast on their 20th year anniversary!
Much love and appreciation for each of you,
Thank you to all members, former members, and guests who made this such an exciting event as we launch into our next 20 years.