[personal profile] ignited_spirit
I will never forget walking in the door that Monday night.

"Are you here for Toastmasters?", asked the friendly lady with the welcoming smile.

"Yes I am!", I replied cheerfully.

"Well, you picked an interesting night to come - it is contest night."

"I'm sorry. I'll come back another night." I backed away, feeling terrible that I came on a contest night (every fall, Toastmasters groups have club contests in humorous speech and Table Topics (impromptu speech).

"No, no, that's fine - come on in", she reassured me. I was given a guest package, and a little introduction to Toastmasters, and led into the meeting area.

When I was introduced to the club president that evening, I found out that she first came to Toastmasters on a contest night. I started to feel better. People were coming up to me, and asking me if I had any questions. I felt very welcome there. I was even invited to come back the next week to one of their regular meetings.

I remember the first time I got called up for Table Topics. I was still officially a guest, so I could opt out if I wanted to. However, looking around the room at all those encouraging faces, I decided to go for it. I made a total fool of myself, yet when I finished, I was greeted with friendly smiles. That meant so much to me.

This past Monday, I was officially "inducted" into the Vibrant Speakers Toastmasters Club (the other members had to take a vote as to whether or not to let me in). I looked out upon the faces of my fellow Toastmasters and saw their smiles, and I had one for them as well. Being accepted and wanted by others really makes me smile :)

I look forward to many smiles on many Monday evenings to come.

Date: 2009-11-06 01:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] edith-jones.livejournal.com
Let me tell you, very briefly, how I feel about public speaking. Beforehand: vomit, literally. During: wow, this is great! I'm having fun! Afterwards: I'll never be nervous again! Public speaking is a high! And the cycle begins again, always with vomit. I've just joined the Canadian Mental Health Organization as a volunteer to do public education in high schools so I'll be doing this all over again....

I'm glad you're enjoying Toastmasters. It sounds like fun, and like something I might try out. I enjoyed your entry.
Allie.

Date: 2009-11-08 11:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
One of the things I hope to gain from Toastmasters is not having biological issues in the beforehand stage.

It is a fun and supportive group.

Date: 2009-11-06 01:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stormkitty.livejournal.com
Yay! What a great entry!

Date: 2009-11-08 11:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
Thank you!

Date: 2009-11-06 02:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brand0new0day.livejournal.com
I took a public speaking class in high school that I really enjoyed and the instructor recommended Toastmasters if we were interested in going further into it. I never did but it sounds like fun.

Great entry!

Date: 2009-11-08 11:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
It is fun, and very supportive, too. You can also use Toastmasters to gain leadership skills.

Thank you!

Date: 2009-11-06 03:28 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shadowwolf13
Awesome! Congrats! :)

Date: 2009-11-08 11:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
Thank you :)

Date: 2009-11-06 05:15 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-11-08 11:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
Thank you!!!!

Date: 2009-11-07 02:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cacophonesque.livejournal.com
Sounds like a very warm and supportive group. Congratulations on your induction.

Date: 2009-11-08 11:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
Thank you :) They are very supportive!!

Date: 2009-11-08 01:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] onda-bianca.livejournal.com
I never before even heard of Toastmasters. How fun...congrats!:)

Date: 2009-11-08 11:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
Thank you :)

Date: 2009-11-08 06:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] satin-glimmer.livejournal.com
Awesome :) I think everyone should find a place like this to belong. This is really great :D

Date: 2009-11-08 11:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
It is really great!! I agree - everyone should find a place like this to belong.

Date: 2009-11-08 10:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] libra-dragon.livejournal.com
Sounds like they were a wonderful inviting group. Good job with it and I look forward to reading more about your experience with them.

Date: 2009-11-09 12:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
Thank you :) I'm sure I will do more entries about Toastmasters.

Date: 2009-11-08 11:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gildedage.livejournal.com
Kudos to trying and succeeding at something new!

Date: 2009-11-09 12:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
Thank you!

Date: 2009-11-09 01:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sherriola.livejournal.com
Congratulations! I know a lot of people who are in Toast Masters and love it. i hope you have a great time with it.

Date: 2009-11-09 02:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
Thank you!

Date: 2009-11-09 02:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] java-fiend.livejournal.com
I'm so happy for you joining Toastmaters and having such a wonderful experience with it. It's so awesome. Keep up the great work! :-)

Date: 2009-11-09 02:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
Thank you :)

Date: 2009-11-09 09:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hug-machine.livejournal.com
So cool! I dunno how people have such courage to speak in front of so many people like that. Anyway, way to go! It sounds like you'll do great. :3

Date: 2009-11-11 03:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
The one thing I like is that it is a very positive and encouraging atmosphere - it makes it so much easier to speak in front of the group.

Thank you!!!

Date: 2009-11-09 03:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karmasoup.livejournal.com
Everybody loves warm fuzzies!

Date: 2009-11-11 03:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
They are the best!!!!

Date: 2009-11-09 05:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zia-narratora.livejournal.com
This post made me think Toastmasters might be a fun thing to do!

Date: 2009-11-11 03:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
It is very fun!!!

Date: 2009-11-10 05:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] roina-arwen.livejournal.com
Sounds like fun!

Date: 2009-11-11 03:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
It is a lot of fun!!

Date: 2009-11-10 09:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baxaphobia.livejournal.com
Congratulations!!!!

Date: 2009-11-11 03:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
Thank you!
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