Everyone is striving to achieve a life ambition in Toastmasters. In her ice breaker, Shante provides her method for staying focused on her purpose.
Impromptu speaking is a daily experience. Whether in casual conversation, impassioned debate, a formal interview, or a myriad of other social contexts, speaking in the moment is a skill necessary for every moment.
Personal narratives are the essence of how we both share our journey and empower other people on their pathway. Jennifer and David reminded us that life is not merely about the destination; it is also about the process. Whether learning life lessons from our children, traveling the world, or living life on a different patch of the planet, we are all "making haste, slowly."
Goals and dreams are not merely wishful thinking. They provide direction in life, a map for prioritizing time, and a tangible mile marker for both where we are in life and where we hope to end up. Goals are the GPS so that we don't "live lives of quiet desperation" and dreams are the fuel that prevent us from "dying with the song still in us."
Mindset is a major part of every struggle and every victory. As Toastmaster, Jennifer reminded every person to (re)set his/her mindset at the beginning of each day. Using Hal Elrod's acronym SAVERS, Jennifer provided a heuristic for beginner every day with structure, poise, and purpose.
It was November 5th, 1977... This is how Bob began his speech, recalling a day that is indelibly embedded upon his memory - the day that he gave the keynote address to a group of men and women who would soon become citizens of the United States of America.
Life is a melding of joy, opportunity, and stress. In the spirit of life, Darnell, Sherry, Bob, and Abdul remind us all of these different ingredients.
Darnell provides valuable insights concerning how to influence people, sprinkling these six insights throughout the meeting as the Toastmaster for the evening.
It is important to "get out and smell the roses." It may be equally important to get out and see the waterfalls in North Carolina. Randy explains that there are numerous waterfalls in North Carolina to be enjoyed. He even provides a concealed "dare" - it may be possible to see all of the waterfalls in one day.
Everyone needs an occasional reminder to seize the day. In both table topics and the personal speeches, we were reminded of how a little thankfulness goes a long way. It reminds us of the good in the people around us, the great opportunities that surround us, and the blessings of everything in between the inevitable highs and lows of this life.