Journey Journal 02 | Great to be back with Family
I took time apart from activities, work and toastmasters because of my ACL injury. This past month after my arthroscopic knee surgery, I took the time to develop, meditate and reflect on what is important in life. It is true, at our Sheridan Bruins Toastmasters, it is not only beneficial for you to join to improve public speaking and leadership skills, but to be part of a growing family.
10 minutes before the meeting started, I came in limping in the room, welcomed with warm wishes, hugs and smiles from my family that I missed for awhile. It gave me a new sense of hope, no matter what challenges or obstacles you go through life, family is one thing you cannot replace and I am glad we brought in that culture of "we are family." I truly believed in it and I think behind all of us being genuine about it, it was embraced at our Toastmasters Club. Our guest Joey returned for the first time in a year! Also Jeff and Dan recently came back from their vacation and brought in my friend Ian who was a past toastmasters member. To some people, a guest is a guest, but to me, and team executives, we never forget who joined with the family no matter what separates us today or in the future.
It also astonishes me knowing that alumnis return as well like Carl and Eric who are our club founders. Carl also finished his 8th speech, and has came a long way from 2 years ago with the feedback from our club. This home, is like no other, as I wrote notes of how our guests expressed interest (5 new potential members out of 9), it brought me back to the excitement I still have when I joined my first Sheridan Bruins Toastmasters meeting 2 years ago. The guests loved the theme of the night, "networking" and it was great on how our members tied in speeches, the sale competition and much more to make the meeting more engaging from a guest experience. They wanted more insight. In the future meetings, perhaps we can integrate a learning experience or networking experience before the meeting or after the meeting. Another thing we can focus on is continue to engage our shy guests who don't know how a regular meeting typically goes and treat them like family. Instead of saying it, lets show them step by step as if we were brothers or sisters.
Above is a picture of my friend khalid, who came last year only as a guest for summer meetings, but his determination and hunger to grow as a speaker, thought leader and entrepreneur really showed and he believes our Toastmasters club can take him there when I, the VP of membership had a couple minutes to talk with him.
My first toastmasters experience was great because when Fernanda (VP of Public Relations at the time) brought me in, she told the other executives about me at the time before i visited and I already felt included in the meeting within the second visit. I believe that made a huge impact to me.
10 years from now, I hope to see all members of our family to grow to the fullest, whether that may be health, wealth, love or happiness. Knowing that we all made an imprint in each others lives as brothers and sisters. As we pass by each other in the mall, on vacations or at Sheridan Bruins Toastmasters we will always remember the impact we made by supporting one another.
The question of the day is, "what's stopping you from doing what you love to do, each and every day?"