I discovered Toastmasters back in 1987 (insert eternal thanks here to my dear friend Peter Forster for dragging me as his guest to my first meeting). Since that day, I spent decades practicing my public speaking/ listening/thinking skills during our weekly club meetings every Thursday morning at 7 a.m. – which tells you that Toastmasters is tons o’ fun.
Or, that I’m a slow learner.
A really useful Toastmasters tip that I learned over lo these many years has been how to decide on a compelling speech topic, including this odd lesson: “Life’s worst moments often make the best speech material”.
And that has never been more true than after I survived a heart attack. Continue reading “How life’s worst tragedies turn into great speech material”