Toastmasters International is an organization that helps thousands of people improve their communication and leadership skills. The fall is a very busy time of year. I’ve helped Toast of the Valley Toastmasters by giving a 5-7 minute talk at their recent Open House. I gave a talk at Keene Toastmasters about my “supportive” communication style. Whether I’m teaching free motion quilting class, organizing fundraisers for HCAT or any quilt guild, I love to work with others in a supportive style. Reflecting back on my days as high school student sewing costumes for theater productions, a Reliability and Safety Engineer, Homeschooling mom, Solo Entrepreneur, and Volunteer, I have always communicated in a supportive style. It interesting to look back and see how this skill has helped shape me into the woman I am today! Toastmasters new Pathways program is a great way to discover more about yourself and how to communicate with others.
On October 27th I joined Cheshire quilters in making a star garland, and many Christmas ornaments to donate on a pre-lit tree that will be auctioned off at a local bank in early December.
It was lots of fun on a very rainy day.
On Sat. November 3rd I attended a Toastmasters International Workshop. I learned 3 lessons from Starbucks: 1. they know how to grow business 2. one cup at a time 3. with consistent quality. Think about that…That’s how we grow our small businesses and quilting guilds and Toastmasters clubs, one member at a time. I think having organized and exciting meetings is key. I see a new speech ahead!
I’m also enjoying learning evangelizing techniques via wordonfire.org. There are a lot of tips and techniques about sharing our faith with others and the communication tips and techniques I’ve learned from Toastmasters works hand in hand. It’s rather exciting to see how these two efforts help each other. Beauty is the hook for the Catholic church. The Rose Window at Notre Dame lured me in when I was only 15 years old (1976). I was an exchange student. I’ve been studying the faith ever since. I joined the Catholic church in 1984 at the Easter Vigil.
I’m looking forward to helping to form new Toastmasters clubs in southern Vermont. If you are looking for a unique and exciting way to improve your public speaking skills, contact me. I’m looking for 20 people to start a new club. The first two areas are Ludlow Vermont and Bridgewater, Vermont. If these areas are ideal for your new Toastmasters adventure, please call your friends and invite them to explore this opportunity. Together we can help each other start a new venture.
p.s. I hope you are joining me on a healthy new journey. I’m trying Egoscue exercises. These exercises help align the spine and strengthen the tissue and muscles to maintain proper spine curvature to support the entire body. Then when we adventurous people exercise in exciting ways, jumping out of planes (maybe not me), running 5k races, cross country skiing, etc. we won’t get hurt making a simple turn or fall.