I attended a wedding last Sunday that has had a profound effect on a lot of the 240 guests that attended both the ceremony and also the reception that occurred straight after.
You may ask the question as to what this has to do with Toastmasters. The answer is everything!
The bride and groom, Linda and Michael are Parramatta Toastmaster Club members. The marriage celebrant Cheryl is also a Parramatta Toastmaster Club member.
The service was beautiful and so well planned and choreographed, Linda and Michael moved the audience with their vows to each.
The speeches at the formal part of the reception were amazingly delivered as were the responses.
As I sat watching the event come to a close some six hours later I realized what an effect the Toastmaster program had had on the day, this was the most organized and clearly structured wedding I have ever been to.
The leadership from Cheryl, Linda and Michael and everyone else involved were skills that we learn in Toastmasters.
The quality of all of the presentations and the structure of the speeches are skills that we learn in Toastmasters.
The calmness of standing before an audience of 240 people and being able to use microphones and play with the audience is another skill that we learn in Toastmasters.
To top it off both Linda and Michael met in Toastmasters…now with the alignment of the stars at the right time these two may have met and still married and I couldn’t credit Toastmasters for that, however , I have watched many Toastmasters develop the skills through the Toastmaster program of Leadership and Communication who develop life skills and move on in the corporate world, the community and family life. Toastmasters and its members can take the credit for developing and mentoring all of its members to a higher level. Toastmasters does make a difference to everyone it touches.
Ian Chick DTM