On Tuesday evening, after my guitar class, I attended my first Toastmasters meeting. This is another thing that I have intended to do for the longest time.
The people at the meeting were very friendly and helpful, they explained how the event is run as well as explaining a bit about the qualifications you can earn over time.
Having been in the debating society in School and enjoying language, I thought that Toastmasters might be a good fit.
The evening pivots around four people making prepared speeches and a section called Table Topics, where one of the club members is charged with the task of coming up with various topics that people need to speak about, without being able to prepare any remarks. There were about 10 different topics that people tackled. As a guest, I was allowed to take part in this part of the evening, so I picked the last Table Topic, which was the question ‘Where else would you like to live and why?’. I stood up and told the gathered members that I would choose to live in an international airport hub, due to the prospect of different daily adventures you could have, traveling to the various countries that airports serve. They liked my little speech and awarded me the ribbon for best Table Topics speech for that evening. This was a wonderful surprise and I was ridiculously pleased to receive it.
Thank you, Toastmasters! I will go back to join this club, as I believe that Toastmasters has valuable lessons for me to learn. I have included a link below to Toastmasters, should you be interested in learning more about the group.