Tuesday, October 2, 2007


Today I went to my very first Toastmasters' meeting.

I think I'm going to be a star.

I base this on the fact that I was a very quick study. In the space of one lunch hour, I learned many toastmasterly things:

1. Turn off your cell phone. Preferably before it rings in the middle of someone's speech.

2. If you go as a guest, you don't have to speak.

3. "Table talk" does not refer to giving hints to your partner during a card game. It actually means an on-the-spot, impromtu speech about a topic of someone else's choice. Yikes.

4. There is a very cool job where you get to hold a clicker and then click loudly each time a speaker uses a filler word like "um" or "so." Everyone gets a turn at the clicker job. Everyone. You might even be able to request it.

5. Toastmasters are very friendly. And chatty too.

6. I'm going back for more next week.


Alyson Noel said...

I've always been curious about Toastmasters--but now I don't have to go-- I'll just read your blog instead!
Though I wouldn't mind operating one of those "clickers" . . .

Barrie said...

Hi Alyson! I must say I am looking forward to wielding the clicker! And don't be surprised if I show up at one of your signings one of these days!

Sara Hantz said...

Line me up for a go at the clicker too, please!

Barrie said...

Hi Sara! Interesting how we're all keen to use the clicker. And I did see a certain gleam in the eye of the person who got to click away at the meeting. :)