Toastmasters in our lives today by Betty Liedtke

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One thing we learn as Toastmasters is how to adapt to changing situations. And at no time is that skill more valuable than right now!

At our meetings, we learn how to be flexible when we have to switch or fill roles at the last minute. We learn how to think quickly when we have to answer a difficult or challenging Table Topics question. And we learn how to be helpful and supportive when others need our advice and encouragement.

Life has been transformed, quickly and decisively, for all of us we face the changes, challenges, fears, and frustrations of dealing with the coronavirus that has infiltrated our communities, our country, and the world. What was normal and routine just a few weeks ago already seems like a distant memory, and “the new normal” is like nothing we ever imagined.

As Toastmasters, we can rise to the challenge in many ways. First of all, we can continue holding our meetings, but in an online forum. Zoom is a popular platform that many have found useful. And the familiarity and camaraderie of seeing our fellow club members, even in this format rather than in person, can be a powerful source of strength and comfort. Also, as we go through the changes brought on by coronavirus guidelines and restrictions, we can remember to incorporate our Toastmasters skills when it comes to the flexibility, quick thinking, courage, and resourcefulness that are required in our new circumstances.

These are trying times indeed. But we will get through this. And Toastmasters can help!

6 Responses

  1. Joyce Crawford
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    Absolutely true, Betty. I have been in Toastmasters for many years and this current pandemic situation shows me that I STILL have many things to learn! Toastmasters is the reason I am learning this new Zoom technology, even at 75 years old. As a matter of fact it has been such a PLUS for our club that we are looking forward to incorporating a video option as a permanent part of our face to face meetings. This will allow those who could not come to the meeting hall, for one reason or another, to still attend and be a part of the Agenda.
    Just one more time that we see the ‘Silver Lining’ beyond the cloud!

    • Betty Liedtke
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      I totally agree, Joyce. There’s always a silver lining! And often, it’s not until we’re forced to do or learn something that we actually put the effort into it. As the old saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention!

  2. Barbara Dikeman
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    Thank you for the great remarks Betty! As a member of the same Toastmaster Club, I can say that Betty encompasses all of the qualities she has written about – she is not only flexible, but is supportive to all of the other members of our club, and she is the perfect example of a great Toastmaster! Congratulations, Betty, on your first blog in this format!

  3. Karmen McClain
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    Love this blog Betty. Yet again you are taking others a step further in our journey as Toastmaster. This is an insightful blog that should be shared throughout out Toastmasters community.

  4. Betty Liedtke
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    Thank you, Karmen!

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