Toastmasters International (www.toastmasters.org) is devoted to making effective oral communication a worldwide reality. It helps people to learn the arts of speaking, listening and thinking - vital skills that promote self-actualization, enhance leadership potential, foster human understanding and contribute to the betterment of mankind.
I myself am a member of Toastmasters International, through the West Herts Speakers group (www.west-herts-speakers.org.uk).
The mission of the club is "to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth."
Meetings take place twice a month in a very informal, but structured, and supportive environment.
Part of the evening is set aside for Table Topics. This is impromptu speaking, for 2 minutes maximum, where the speaker is asked a question that they have no previous knowledge of.
This week I was asked:
"If we could have an additional bank holiday, when would it be and what would it be called?"
Initially I discussed the reason for having an additional bank holiday.
- As there are fewer holidays towards the end of the year, and the nights are drawing in, most people are tired. Also, there is added stress with Christmas shopping.
Then I discussed the purpose for an additional bank holiday
- You could use it to go shopping for Christmas, or perhaps spend more time with the family, or even just lounge in the bath!
I then recommended a name for the new bank holiday: HAPPY DAY
- it's a day when you do what absolutely makes you happy!
Finally, I completed my speech with a date for HAPPY DAY = 25th November.
On 25th November this year, HAPPY DAY, why not take a little time for yourself, have a little treat and bring a smile to your soul!
Let me know what you get up to and I'd love to see your pictures.
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