Blog featured in BC Toastmasters Newsletter

I’ve only been blogging for about four months, so imagine my surprise when I got a phone call from BC Toastmasters asking if they could put two of my blog posts in their monthly newsletter. It was about a month ago when I received that call and yesterday when I visited their site I found the newsletter online.

BC Toastmasters Website

The Link Newsletter – featuring my blog entries
Toastmasters February Newsletter

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Toastmasters has been really great for me so far. As a small business owner, working from home until this week, it gave me an opportunity to interact with other professionals and hear about what’s going on in the city and what they are thinking about. Now that I’ve got an office downtown it’s going to be that much easier to attend every meeting. I’m actually preparing to deliver my 3rd speech today and it will probably be about the benefits of blogging.

Toastmasters Ice Breaker Speech

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve recently joined Toastmasters in Vancouver. On Wednesday, my fourth Toastmasters meeting, I prepared and delivered a 4-6 minute “Ice Breaker Speech”.

Usually this would have been a fairly terrifying experience, but after having spent four Wednesdays with Toastmasters I felt pretty comfortable delivering the speech.

I realized at the end of my speech that I’d missed a part in my intro that really would’ve allowed me to nail the conclusion of my speech – but the beauty of Toastmasters is that I can speak again next week and make improvements.

I had a number of “ums” and “ahhhs”, could’ve used pauses more effectively, and should have spoken a little louder. I’m looking forward to next week so I can work on improving in these areas.

I’m having a lot of fun with Vancore Toastmasters and am really impressed with the quality people who are involved.

Vancore Toastmasters

I’ve recently joined a great Toastmasters group based in downtown Vancouver. I have wanted to be part of Toastmasters for years but haven’t had the time or the right opportunity. When I found out about Vancore’s late-afternoon Wednesday meeting I was really excited to be able to try it out. Toastmasters didn’t disappoint. It’s a very supportive environment with a group of professionals who are really interested in helping to improve your public speaking skills.

The best part about Toastmasters is all the interesting stories and presentations the members tell. You learn a lot about a group of people – and they’re all good speakers.

I’m looking forward to working through the speeches and getting to know everyone a bit better. It’s been a great experience so far.

Toastmasters in Vancouver – Vancore Toastmasters