Three years ago Janine started attending with me. I was working with another guy to start up a new club. It was a pretty small group. Almost out of desperation I asked Janine if she would join us. She started attending and has also enjoyed the club.
Janine works with several other women to put together a Friday homeschool co-op. This year they decided to introduce the teenagers to Toastmasters. Last Friday was their kick-off session. I was the guest speaker, and the Toastmaster and Table Topics Master. (Janine was going to help out, but a small emergency came up.)
I went real slow explaining each of the roles in a Typical Toastmaster meeting. I talked about the overall goal and various ways the meetings help people improve their public speaking. I gave a speech I’ve been working on for a humorous speech contest. I asked some table topic questions and the youth did fine in responding. Then we did a quick pass through the evaluation phase.
I think the youth could see the value in Toastmasters.
This fall the co-op is going to have the youth each give the first speech in the Toastmaster sequence, “The Ice Breaker.” They’ll be asked to introduce themselves in a 4 to 6 minute speech. We’ll have each of the youth take on the various roles associated with the meeting.
Even though it is during my lunch hour I plan to go back a few more times. Maybe I’ll go when my daughters talk. It will be interesting to see how the group does.