I have attended Toastmasters for several years now, and I have given some good speeches, probably some mediocre speeches, smile, and hopefully no bor r r ing speeches, but every speech I have ever given, I have strengthened my public speaking skill.
That would be enough right there to attend Toastmasters. After all included in the mission of the club is to encourage and support each member to improve their speaking and communication skills.
However, another reason that Toastmasters is so beneficial is the opportunity to hear wide array of high value, content dense speeches, which are presented with polish and flair and easy-to- listen, entertaining format.
This week at Abilene Toastmasters on Monday evening at 7:00 at TSTC (Texas State Technical College, E Hwy 80 in the Arbec Room) I heard a professional and seminar quality talk that gave tips to encourage creativity in children (and adults!)
The second speaker presented with pizzaz and polish on time management. Now you might think what is so fascinating about time management? This speaker had creative visuals of rocks and sand in a jar. The rocks in the jar are the most important goals and the sand in the jar represented all those time waster s and unimportant stuff that covers up the rocks in the jar and makes a mess of things. Talk about getting a point across. I now am making one of my "rocks" blogging regularly!
This week at Clearly Speaking Toastmasters on Wednesday Noon (which now meets at the SW United Methodist Church on S 27th next to the corner of Winters' Freeway) I heard two more off-the-charts presentations.
The first speaker was an inspirational speech on "Goals." Okay, I am going to be honest, I thought what can this speaker say new about goals? Was I surprised! This speaker picked me out of my seat and took me for a motivational ride to the stars!
I am remotivated to keep blogging on Active Rain!
The second speaker was an "entertaining speech." Now, let's get real, entertaining is the toughest challenge at least it is for me and I wasn't sure I would be entertained. Again I was WRONG! Funny, Funny and more Funny!
There you have it. Even if you think you know it all, and you are already all polished in your speaking skills, think again.
When you have any questions about Toastmasters, please call Beverly Carlson at 325-721-2429.