Joining Toastmasters International has affected my life in many positive ways and opened up a lot of opportunities that would not have been there had I not taken that step, and continued the journey. From my first speech at a Toastmasters Club meeting (where I could not sleep the night before and could hardly eat on […]Read more "Opportunity Awaits!"
Back in 1986 I joined Campbelltown Camera Club (now known as Macarthur Photographic Society). After 4 years there I was asked if wanted to present a talk on ‘Close-Up & Still-Life’ Photography. Apart from a basic Presentation Skills course, I had never done any Public Speaking courses. Over time, I did some other Camera Club presentations […]Read more "Public Speaking In Your Pocket!"
Back in the year 2000, my wife and I were touring around southern NSW and visited (among other places), Yarrangobilly Caves. They are but one of a number of beautiful examples of limestone caves here in Australia. We received a guided tour that day and apart from the memory of the caves, I remember a […]Read more "Viewing Life"
In July 2015, I was offered a speaking spot at Campbelltown Probus Club on 27 January 2016 by Nola who was on the Executive at the club, whilst we working at an Election Day Polling Booth. A Probus Club is an organisation for retired or semi-retired business or professional people, and operates worldwide. In Toastmasters […]Read more "Opportunity Knocks!"
It was late 2008 and I had been enjoying my Toastmasters experience for approx. 6-7 months and was looking forward to delivering Speech #5 from The Competent Communicator manual. Upon delivering my speech I sat down and a Toastmaster of some 25+ years of experience said to me ‘next time you do a speech, I […]Read more "“Leave Them On The Desk” or “The Night My Invisible Umbilical Cord Was Cut”"
Over the course of my time as a member of Toastmasters International, I have learnt many, many things to help me communicate better in my speeches, presentations, evaluations and endeavour to become a better leader. I still have a lot learn as well. On joining Toastmasters you receive two Manuals, the Competent Communicator manual (10 […]Read more "Two More Lessons Learned or ‘How I Managed To Get Through Speech Project #4 Alive!?’"
I was a ‘born introvert.’ At school I would not volunteer to ‘read things out in class’, at parties (even as an adult) I would only talk to people I knew, and at meetings at work I would have an idea though I would be too nervous to speak in front of others. What led […]Read more "Why Toastmasters?"