The Gift That Keeps on Giving
As a child growing up my parents instilled in me the maxim, “It is better to give than receive”. This didn’t seem very fair as I did like to receive gifts, particularly at Christmas and on my birthday. But as the years rolled on I realised the wisdom of their words and found for myself that indeed’ “It is better to give than receive” and even to this day it gives me great pleasure to give to others.
Maybe that is why I love and enjoy Toastmasters so much, for to me Toastmasters is the gift that keeps on giving.
The late Helen Blanchard, the first woman International President of Toastmasters said the immortal words, “If you get out of Toastmasters, all there is to get out of Toastmasters, you’ll can never get out of Toastmasters!”
So what can Toastmasters give to us.
We all know that we can develop communication and leadership skills, they are there for the taking. But it is the intrinsic gifts that Toastmasters can give us that will serve us all our lives to live a life of fulfilment and happiness.
Toastmasters develops our confidence, our ability to communicate with others, the ability to stand our ground when necessary, in a nice way of course, friendships, a network to name a few. I am sure you can add to that list.
Don’t just look at Toastmasters as a place you go every two weeks for a night out and if you are like me a chance not to have to cook (another gift from Toastmasters) but look at our organisation as “your gift that keeps on giving.”
Embrace Toastmasters, get all you can from Toastmasters and like Helen Blanchard you will believe “If you get out of Toastmasters, all there is to get out of Toastmasters, you’ll can never get out of Toastmasters!”
Toastmasters truly is the gift that keeps on giving.