For the Sheer Joy of It

Written by Michael Worsfold

Michael Worsfold - Toastmasters - Sheer Joy of ItMost people join Toastmasters to gain confidence and skill in speaking. Maybe they’ve got some speaking event coming up or a project they want to lead. Some join for the community.

Confidence and skill are usually the focus at first. Then something magical happens. People keep coming for the fun of it. For the sheer joyfulness of the experience. They love
speaking and encouraging others to grow.

It’s fitness in that way. At first, the exercise is hard. It’s painful. But you do it because you are motivated by the end result. Then you reach a point where it’s fun. You need it. You love it.

Sometimes people discover a part of themselves they didn’t know was there. Like being a
storyteller or a comedian. I discovered that I could write poetry and songs. I sometimes sing my songs as stories…as my speech assignments.

That’s a lesson I learned early. Use Toastmasters to further your personal goals.

Soon you’ll be coming to the meetings for the sheer joy of it!

It Takes a Club to Raise a Morningstar

“I couldn’t have done it without you.”

Liam B., our current Sergeant of Arms and the chairperson for this week, started the June 8th meeting with a heartfelt thank you to his fellow members. He extended a warm fuzzy verbal hug to the people who helped him achieve his Competent Communicator and Leadership pins.  He led the room in a round of applause for the members.

Shortly after that, we saw two members step up and knock it out of the ballpark:

  1. PJ R., inspired by the people on the board, has volunteered to take on the role of club treasurer for the upcoming season! Thank you.
  2. Michael W. brought “the boom” (as I call it) and delivered his tenth and final speech. Congratulations on your number 10 and achieving your Competent Communicator.

Our milestone achievements in Toastmasters, whether it is delivering an Icebreaker speech or achieving Distinguished Toastmaster, is a culmination of what we take away from each meeting. It is the learning process of watching others do their best and, in turn, doing our best. Watching, executing, evaluating, adjusting and trying again with the supportive help from others is how we grow — individually and as a club.

It takes a club to hit a milestone. It takes a club to guide you, show you and lift you beyond your initial horizon. Each of the members strengths is yours for the tapping. Every meeting has golden takeaways to further your development. They are hidden in speeches, the timing report or even how someone adds their own spin to Quizmaster.

You may not know what is in you — but the entire club knows what you could do. They are there to support and encourage. To push and challenge.

An example of that was demonstrated by one of our newest members. He was called upon this week for Table Topics. His eyes grew big. The first words out of his mouth was a protest. His body language said, “Not me.” However, the entire room clapped, supported him and he stood up. He delivered an excellent two-minute impromptu mini-speech that had many people grinning ear to ear. (By the way, most new members do Table Topics several times before they break the one minute mark. Nerves gets to us and we hurry through it only to sit down at 53 seconds. This is a success story, Don N.)

We celebrate the little milestones for they are huge milestones for the entire club. A personal success, is a club success.

It takes a club to raise a Morningstar.