Each one of us has something to contribute, a story to tell, a life experience to share. Often enough we do not recognize that. Maybe we think our story is not enough, or that we are not ready. Perhaps one of the best parts of Toastmasters is having the opportunity to learn how to tell your own stories, whether it is through table topics, speech writing or Chairing a meeting and selecting the topic.
This week our meeting Chair is Rosa Rodriguez and she has chosen the theme, “let yourself be inspired.”
Rosa has surely inspired members & guests at First Oakville Toastmasters for the past three years.
When Rosa first joined First Oakville Toastmasters she was overwhelmed, scared and uncomfortable. She remembers being inspired by other members who spoke with confidence as they shared their own stories. She was encouraged by all the support and mentoring that our members offered her and it was the combination of support and mentorship that really encouraged her to continue with her own Toastmaster journey.
Rosa has served on the executive as the Club Secretary in 2015-2016 and VP Membership 2016-2017. Rosa has also recently completed her Competent Communicator designation.
We asked Rosa a few questions about her experience at First Oakville Toastmasters.
- Why did you join Toastmasters?
I joined Toastmasters because I wanted to improve my speaking skills which at the time I was really struggling with.
- What have you learned from your Toastmaster journey?
I have learned that it is normal to feel nervous or even scared and being in a supportive and encouraging environment, with a positive and uplifting group makes a huge difference.
- What do you like most about First Oakville Toastmaters (FOTM)?
What I love most about FOTM is the support that I receive from our members. I love our social events throughout the year. Our meetings are a perfect way to practice the challenges that we face on a daily basis which is to speak from the heart, to be genuine, and to learn how to say it.
- Tell us how you have grown since joining First Oakville Toastmaster?
I feel confident now as a public speaker and a leader. Every time I finish a project the feeling is amazing. It just motivates me to keep going and to continue growing.
Rosa, thank you for your commitment and dedication to First Oakville Toastmasters. Your journey is truly inspiring.
As Toastmasters we have the privilege of hearing our member’s stories, challenges, lessons and it is through them that we make connections and become inspired. Don’t let fear stop you from using your voice. Let yourself be inspired, you may be surprised by the impact it has on you and others.
Join us this Thursday at First Oakville Toastmasters. Guests are always welcome!
Meeting details: Thursday evenings 7:30pm-9:30pm ( plan to arrive 10 mins early if you are a guest so that we can introduce ourselves), Knights of Columbus Oakville (Marian Hall), 1494 Wallace Rd