Posts tagged ‘toastmasters international’

October 25, 2012

oh my god, I’M Sheldon!

22.02.2011 Tuesday

What did I learn from attending Toastmasters for four years?

  • that I either feel like the most boring, weird person in the world. Or I feel like I’m some kind of misunderstood genius and no one could possibly grasp what I have to tell them.
  • that the point of what you say, even if it’s the most beautifully constructed story or argument can be totally obliterated by the way you say it: i.e. if you’re inaudible, monotonous, don’t make eye-contact with them, make no reference to your audience, ignore your audience, talk over your audience’s heads, …
  • that even the people who make your eyes glaze over, the most boring-sounding geeks, the most self-obsessed spinsters, often have hidden interesting sides and fine brains. You’ll only find this out if you assiduously attend the bi-monthly meetings for at least two years. It takes this long to make you feel that you belong to the same race as your fellow toastmasters. NB. I met two of my best friends and my partner of 5 years at Toastmasters.
  • That I find it almost impossible to listen to feedback, that I don’t trust it and find most of it useless. It’s also that I don’t believe I’ve got anything to learn from these people.
  • I still don’t understand the point of the speech where you’re supposed to practice body language. And vocal variety.
  • that I sound like Natalie Portman in Black Swan.
October 16, 2012

don’t pick me, don’t pick me

Tuesday 13.03.12

Table topics this evening is enough to put anyone off Toastmasters. One person has to personify a plant and the other has to personify an animal, then together they have to find what the symbiotic relationship between them is. I am scribbling this in the hope that this will signal that I don’t want to be called. Fuck, my name tag is in front of me, so I can’t hide behind anonymity. This guy doesn’t look like he’s sensitive to body language.