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    Anybody here have any experience with Toastmasters? I've seriously been considering giving it a try to improve my public speaking skills.
    "I am not angered that the Moral Majority boys campaign against abortion. I am angry when the same men who say, "Save OUR children" bellow "Build more and bigger bombers." That's right! Blast the children in other nations into eternity, or limbless misery as they lay crippled from "OUR" bombers! This does not jell." - Leonard Ravenhill

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    Been there, done that. Well worth it, and fun!
    "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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    • #3
      My experience (been a while) is that you meet once a week, they're very "time conscious" (so things don't drag on forever) and you learn by example while others are practicing their speeches, essays, short stories, or whatever... they make it fun -- there's an "ah counter" - a person who will count the number of times you say "uh... ah... um...." during your speech, and others will critique on your delivery...

      You can be an observer at first, or observe and serve as time keeper, "ah counter", judge, or some other role, eventually coming to the point where you make your first speech or talk. It's a very supportive atmosphere, and, did I mention it's fun?
      "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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      • #4
        I've done it a couple of times. Well worth it.
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        • #5
          I'd like to try myself - anyone got a link that helps find a group?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Teallaura View Post
            I'd like to try myself - anyone got a link that helps find a group?
            And, lightning quick.... http://reports.toastmasters.org/findaclub/
            "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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            • #7
              Thanks!

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              • #8
                My uncle's been an active member for years.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
                  My experience (been a while) is that you meet once a week, they're very "time conscious" (so things don't drag on forever) and you learn by example while others are practicing their speeches, essays, short stories, or whatever... they make it fun -- there's an "ah counter" - a person who will count the number of times you say "uh... ah... um...." during your speech, and others will critique on your delivery...

                  You can be an observer at first, or observe and serve as time keeper, "ah counter", judge, or some other role, eventually coming to the point where you make your first speech or talk. It's a very supportive atmosphere, and, did I mention it's fun?
                  But did you enjoy it?
                  Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Jedidiah View Post
                    But did you enjoy it?
                    yeah, it was fun - I shoulda mentioned that
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                    • #11
                      Well, if the SCA meeting isn't this week then I get to attend my first Toastmaster's meeting Tuesday.

                      "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose." - Jim Elliot


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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Teallaura View Post
                        Well, if the SCA meeting isn't this week then I get to attend my first Toastmaster's meeting Tuesday.
                        Get your impromptu speaking skills in order...you will need them when doing Table Topics.
                        "It's evolution; every time you invent something fool-proof, the world invents a better fool."
                        -Unknown

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                        • #13
                          That I can do. Thanks!

                          "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose." - Jim Elliot


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                          • #14
                            Let us know how it goes!
                            "I am not angered that the Moral Majority boys campaign against abortion. I am angry when the same men who say, "Save OUR children" bellow "Build more and bigger bombers." That's right! Blast the children in other nations into eternity, or limbless misery as they lay crippled from "OUR" bombers! This does not jell." - Leonard Ravenhill

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by KingsGambit View Post
                              Let us know how it goes!
                              +1
                              (I wonder when I can do amens again...)
                              "It's evolution; every time you invent something fool-proof, the world invents a better fool."
                              -Unknown

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                              I find that evolution is the best proof of God.
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