Welcome to the Abingdon Speakers Club President’s blog. I will be keeping you up to date with news and happenings at the club and passing on (hopefully) useful bits and pieces that come my way. I hope you all had a good summer break and were able to make the best of the great weather that we had. As I write this, the rain is lashing against the window and already those sweltering days seem like a near-distant memory. ‘Make hay while the sun shines’ is a proverb that springs to mind – those hot days did not last long and provided a fantastic, albeit brief, opportunity to be outside, have a barbecue, swim in the sea or just lie on what was left of the grass.¬†

We could apply this same proverb to Toastmasters Рuse each opportunity to speak, to participate. Do not waste that chance while it is there. It always feels good to reach the milestones in Toastmasters, whether you are doing it for your career, your own sense of self-esteem or in healthy competition with fellow members . You may want to achieve Competent Communicator, Competent Leader, an Advanced award, DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster) or a Pathway Level. And you can!! Request a speech on easySPEAK or speak to your VPE, challenge yourself to take on a role you have never done before or to improve on a role you have tried previously.

To take your Toastmasters journey up a notch, I urge you to enter our Humorous Speech and Table Topics contest on Wednesday 19th September. Success at club level means you have the chance to speak to a new, bigger audience at the next level. And challenging ourselves is what it is all about.

There are plenty of other special events coming up too – an awards evening, a special Table Topics evening and a Christmas dinner to name but a few. More details in future blog posts. For the moment, let’s support each other to make this a year of achievement.

If you have any feedback, thoughts or suggestions, please contact me through easySPEAK if you are a member and via the website contact form if you are a guest. I look forward to hearing from you.