Toastmaster 2009

In 2008, I absented from the Toastmaster most of the year. I have many excuses, like getting marry, travel to India, working on project with ridiculous schedule etc. I went to the Toastmaster year end party before X’mas, mostly for the free pizza. I found that I do miss the enjoyment and satisfaction of delivering a good speech in front of a crowd. Today is the first Toastmaster meeting in 2009. The theme of the day is goal setting. The president of the club try to re-energize the club by having a mini-workshop. During the meeting, he asked the members to think about what they want to archive in club this year.

I am not making any process in my ATM speeches. It’s over a year since I did my last speech. My goal of this year is finishing off my “Humorous Speech” manual and achieve the ATM credential. There are only 4 more speeches to go, my plan is to give one speech every two months. This club has its annual humorous speech contest on Oct. I am going to deliver my last speech as a contest entry. Since I am long time Toastmaster, I feel very natural speaking in front of people. This year, I am going to focus on my pronunciation and the use grammar in my speeches. These two problems are the biggest challenges for most ESL speakers need to overcome.

2 thoughts on “Toastmaster 2009”

  1. Have fun. I remember I had fun speaking at club meetings. It was neat to be one of the founding members of my company’s club and I’ve learned a lot from other members.

    I still remember an Indian-Canadian colleague picking kowtow as word of the day in one meeting. Since then, I try to limit the number of people I kowtow to less than 20. 🙂

    Best of luck.

    P.S. Using your last speech as a contest entry certainly makes it even more exciting. I still fondly remember (and have kept) the over 10 drafts of my last written speech entitled “One Justice System for All”.

    It took me some time to decide I want to have my finally speech talking about something meaningful and I chose to talk about Clifford Olson, Paul Bernado, Guy Paul Morin, David Milgaard, et al.

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