You might think: “Who gives toasts these days?”
A friend mine recently got the call unexpectedly. He had no time to think. It was a retirement dinner and the man who was supposed to do the job, was sick so the boss asked my friend if he would say a few words and toast the woman who was retiring.
“No” was not an option. He got through it okay, but a bit of practice beforehand would have been good.
As Warren Buffet famously said, “Your speaking ability is either an asset or a liability… that lasts a lifetime.” How many opportunities are you missing because you are avoiding speaking in public, or not doing your best when you do get the opportunity?
The basics are still very much in demand. There are many occasions where adults are asked to say a few words. Do you hide, or can you stand up and impress?
Change is the biggest factor that shapes our lives. We all have to deal with it no matter what our stage of life. Most importantly, we all need to be able to tell our story. That means we all need to constantly update our story as our lives progress. So if someone says “ Tell us about yourself”, you shine with a compelling story, instead of stumbling through a dry laundry list of what you do.
Pathways projects are designed to align with your highest communication challenges.
They can help you to clarify who you are, shape your story, design your website offer, add a
short video of you telling your story, create a blog, or start a vlog. Doing any of these things alone without training is difficult. With support, you can be there quickly and easily. You’ll wonder why it took so long.
By the way, in case you are wondering, all of this applies if you are retired. You are creating a new purpose to be useful and make a difference. Toastmasters will keep you growing and keep you young!
Toastmasters has never been more relevant, or more able to help you reach your goals. Be our guest any Wednesday at 7 am. Find out what you’re missing.
You’ll have fun. That’s a promise!
MorningStars meets every Wednesday at Harmony Hall, Harmony Lane, Gibsons. CLICK HERE for map and details.
Michael Worsfold, VP Education,
MorningStars Toastmasters, Gibsons, B.C.