A Toast To Toastmasters

Standing naked, before people… Quite often, that’s how people dream of public speaking, or rather, the nightmare that people have about it. Toastmasters is the tonic for that problem. I’ve been a member of Toastmasters since November, 2010. My life, at that point, wasn’t going in the greatest direction. I took up with Toastmasters, almost on a lark. I saw an ad on Craigslist that said, “Would you like to learn to speak? Come to us, we’re Toastmasters.” Since my life was in a shambles and I didn’t have a lot going on at the time I thought I’d go … Continue reading


I belong to Toastmasters International (TMI). It’s a great organization. It’s one of the scariest places in the world, though. Getting up in front of people and spilling your guts out to them… hoping they might accept what you’ve got to say. It’s even worse when one gets into the speech contests. You have to put a speech together, practice it endlessly, and then get up in front of progressively larger crowds to pitch it to them. For two straight years, this is what I did. I wasn’t half bad at it, from what I heard (from others). I made … Continue reading