Friday, February 23, 2007

Toastmasters

A little update on my nerdiness...about a month ago a co-worker of mine asked me if I'd be interested in going to a "Toastmasters" meeting where people work on public speaking, giving speeches, etc. She's looking at going back to school at some point to get her Ph.D and wants the practice for university teaching and I'm looking at going into full time ministry where the opportunities to speak will likely multiply from here. SOOOOO, I said yes and have now given two speeches.

My first speech was an "icebreaker" where I got to sum up who I am in a 3 minute speech. Woohoo! It took me all of 30 minutes to think of my "topic" and write out the speech. Hmmmmmm, any ideas what I talked about?? I gave a nutshell version of my testimony and passion in life, knowing God and making Him known to people of all nations. I don't know if we're supposed to quote scripture being that it's a public/national organization but I had free reign to talk about me so I took advantage of the opportunity!

It's a pretty neat organization, what I know of it thus far. We meet at Windbreak every Tuesday for an hour before work...yes, I get up earlier than sane people do to WILLINGLY learn and practice public speaking, I am a NERD!! Anyway, they accomplish a lot in a short time and give great feedback and advice on how to improve your skills. I critique kid's speech and language all day every day so this has given me a new perspective...it's a little nerve racking being the one critiqued!

1 comment:

Janeen said...

Yeah, you are totally a nerd, but that is a good thing. Power to the nerds! I remember wanting to do toastmasters when I was more "career minded". It sounds like a blast. Way to go Anita!