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!