“Adventures of all kinds” was the chosen theme by our fearless Toastmaster, Mackenzie B., for this week and she couldn’t have picked a better one.
At the meeting on June 15, we had three unique stages of the Toastmasters journey highlighted, including:
1) New members Don and Janice N. were inducted into Morningstars Toastmasters Club. With an enthusiastic “I do,” they have started their journey towards confident speaking and leadership! Welcome!
2) Neil B. hit the midway point in his CC with a vocal variety speech about music and how it was a gap in bonding with his father but a bonding experience for him and his children. As a club, we are witnessing a member as he learns the foundations of public speaking while crafting his unique voice. It is a pleasure to witness his evolution at work with every role and speech he executes.
3) After finishing my CC, I (Weegee) took my first step into the advance communication series by delivering an Irish folk tale about fallen angels. While I have weaved my way through the basics of the CC, I am taking the first step towards my own aspirations as a storyteller and inspirational speaker.
The hardest step in any journey is the first one. The fork in the road where you have to choose. The one where you want to change, feel you must . . . but it takes you out of the comfort zone.
The truth of it is, that zone isn’t protecting you — it’s isolating. That zone is no longer comfortable if it continues to hold you back from your communication goals. Your dreams.
Everyone in Morningstars Toastmasters is at a different stage of their journey, from DTMs (Distinguished Toastmasters) to those working on their Icebreaker. We all have different reasons for showing up each week at 7am. Some show up week after week as part of their social calendar. Others are looking to further their ambitions in work. A few are looking to make small talk a bit less awkward.
But we all said “Yes” to the adventure of Toastmasters. In the process, we found the exact place where we belong.