Long time, and patient, readers will know that I am a long-time member of Toastmasters. I have been a member of my club for 19 years now, or nearly so, through thick and thin. Our club has been around since 1968.
Things are getting a little thin. It's nobody's fault, but several members of the club have left in recent weeks, and it's taking a toll on our overall membership and club health. We have to do something about it.
I am putting out the word to you, my beloved readers, to consider checking out my club sometime, if you're in the downtown Halifax area some Wednesday evening.
What is Toastmasters, you ask? Why should I drop by, other than to see Bevboy in the flesh? What's in it for me? These are all good questions, and I will answer them in turn.
Toastmasters is an organisation designed to help people learn to speak better in public. Public speaking is something that terrifies most people. They'd rather poke their eyes out than speak in public. They'd rather watch every Pauly Shore movie than speak in public. They'd rather rub honey on their face and tip toe in front of hungry bears than speak in public. You understand.
In TM, we help you confront that fear via exercises designed to help you do so. We have Table Topics, where you speak off the cuff with little or no preparation time. You prepare speeches and present them. You're helpfully evaluated on them. We have someone check grammar, your vocalized pauses, all in a positive spirit of reinforcement.
We meet Wednesday nights at 5:45 at the World Trade and Convention Centre (yes, the same one they're bitching about in the paper, so shut up already), room 416, on Argyle Street in downtown Halifax.
You know what? If you have any questions, either write me on Facebook or as a comment to this post. I'd be happy to help you out. It has certainly helped me over the years.
What do you have to lose? At the very least, you get to spend some time with me. That's something most people would be willing to pay for.