Sometime in the summer of 2009, I took the plunge. After years of my father suggesting I join Toastmasters (I have no idea how he knew about it) I finally gave in to his advice. After a quick search I found a club close to home that fit into my schedule. Early one morning I stumbled into the club’s meeting room half asleep, without any coffee and way too much adrenaline.
The rest, as you can imagine, is history.
Fast forward to the summer of 2012. I suddenly gave myself the goal of entering into every single speech contest that would be available for the year 2012-2013. (Prior to that I had halfheartedly entered my club’s Speech Evaluation contest not expecting to get anywhere, and I didn’t.) I wrote a speech I believed would be funny (and 100% based on my life experiences) without a second thought of what I would achieve, other than formally entering and giving it my best shot.
I won first place in the District 21 Humorous Speech Contest; the highest level achievable in this type of contest.Translation: I am the funniest Toastmaster in all of B.C. for 2012-2013!
Now a lot more people know my name, and are eager to have me come and speak at their club. As much as my schedule can allow, I have accepted a few of these “gigs”. For one year, in between the craziness that is my other life (work/school), I am eager to see where this journey takes me.
In the summer of 2013, I came across another opportunity to be part of the How to Be a Speaker community, co-founded by the 2012 and 2004 World Champion of Public Speaking, Ryan Avery and Dr. Randy J. Harvey respectively. It is a community filled with individuals pushing each other to become better speakers and sharing our knowledge with the rest of the world. I’m honoured to be writing articles, learning how to become a better speaker, and being part of this group. To visit and read the great articles on how to improve your own public speaking repertoire, click no the How to Be a Speaker icon.