Contributed by Neil B.
Fellow Toastmasters, I would like to share with you a experience I had this past Saturday (Oct. 1, 2016). I attended the SEWN (Self-Employed Women’s Network) Business Fair held at the Seaside Center in Sechelt to show support for my fellow Toastmasters.
The event itself was well attended and our booth looked very professional. The acoustics of the room were not ideal for public speaking but our coastal Toastmasters rose to the challenge.
Members from two clubs took center stage at the event, and I was impressed with all of them, but of course focused on the two MorningSTARS as they shined in their public speaking glory.
Sheila C. spoke first in a kind of testimonial/workshop format that blew me away with its interactive nature. Up next was Weegee S., who stayed with the testimonial format that almost had us in tears with her personal story highlighting the reasons why anyone can benefit from Toastmasters, not just business owners.
I really wish we could all have been there to see this performance. The effect of these two presentations was exactly what we need to bring in new members — and remember why we are Toastmasters.
I left the event inspired by these two women and proud to be associated with them.
Perhaps we can ask for a repeat performance.
Editor’s Note: Special thanks to Sheila C. for sharing her table at the event and organizing the presentation. Mad props to the Toastmasters who helped with brainstorming and solidifying our message. Thank you for our “test audience members” (Katherine S., Maureen M. and Michael S.). Special holler out to the presenters (Loreen D., Baile, Haida and Sheila C.) And much love to the Toastmasters who showed up to “support” or assist those of us at the SEWN Event, including: George, Johanna, Neil, Maureen, Paula. It takes a village.