An elderly lady was sitting in her rocking chair on the front porch of her house in the Deep South of America.
Beside her lay a hound dog which every few minutes let out a small yelp.
“Why is the dog doing that?” asked the woman’s grand-daughter.
“Oh, that’s because he is laying on a nail,” the old lady replied.
“So why doesn’t he move?” asked the youngster.
“Well,” replied her grand-mother. “It ain’t hurting him enough yet.”
That was the brilliant introduction to a talk by Ian Edwards from the Toastmasters Presentation Mastery learning pathway designed to inspire the audience to a course of action.
The talk was a very different to Ian’s normally humorous style and demonstrated how Toastmasters does indeed help master the different approaches to speaking that are sometimes called for.
Catherine Williams gave a talk on the benefits of gardening and the positive impact that plants have on our lives. This was from the Innovative Planning learning pathway and the talk was designed to show how research went into the construction of the talk.
Taking an unfamiliar subject and crafting a talk that enables an audience to fully understand the content with clear transitions between the different sections is certainly a skill that is invaluable.
Bindu Cardoza demonstrated why she has played a leading part in the promotion of Toastmasters International. In a speech from the Persuasive Speaking manual she was asked to convince her audience towards achieving the vision of her mission.
Her message was one of equality for all and she gave a heartfelt talk about how Toastmasters International had helped her to blossom and develop and how it worked to do that for all its members.
Inspiring talks which help us learn, coupled with the opportunity for impromptu speaking, coffee, biscuits and friendly conversation make for a great way to spend a couple of hours.