Hello, and welcome again!
After a long hiatus, I'm going to try to get this blog up and running again. The Cromwell Community Toastmasters (Club 5908) is a President's Distinguished Club for four years running now. It falls to me, as the club's Vice-President of Public Relations, to market and explain this club, and the Toastmasters program of public-speaking and leadership development, for a new audience.
But I get ahead of myself. My name is Andrew Watt, and I've been a Toastmaster for a year now. In my first year, I completed my CC award (Competent Communicator), and I almost completed my 1/2 CL award (Competent Leader). It's a bit of a stretch to say that the first half of my Competent Leader award has made me half of a competent leader — but it turns out that the first part of being a leader is showing up.
Being in the right place, at the right time, makes all the difference in the world. When we Show Up, we're saying that we care, that we're making a commitment. Showing up for a Toastmasters meeting — as a guest of a member or as a curious visitor, as a member, as an officer —is about making a commitment to yourself. You are telling the world, I want to communicate better, so I can lead more effectively.
Are you showing up?