Letters – April 2007

Letters – April 2007

Letters to the Editor

Rules Count
On my first visit to a Toastmasters club, a member presented a marvelous speech. I was very impressed. It was so perfect, all I could say was, Wow! But the evaluator mentioned that the speaker didn’t achieve the speech goals and exceeded the time limit. While listening to the evaluation, one thing came to my mind: “No discipline, no success.” The speech was great but the speaker didn’t respect the rules, so he failed. I finally understood the meaning of discipline to success in life. I want to keep learning in Toastmasters because it prepares me for everyday life. Toastmasters is simply amazing!
Antoine Fragé, CC • Club Orchidee • Port Au Prince, Haiti

 Good Luck
I was very impressed with the article, “Team Commandments” by Don Seaton in the February issue. It was like God’s voice to me.

I feel safe in Toastmasters, and our club members are very considerate. But I have been devastated by poor teamwork at my office. Thanks to the article, I realized that my attitude was wrong, and that I shouldn’t blame others. I am sure that if I follow the 10 team commandments not only in Toastmasters but also in my company, my behavior would influence my executives and co-workers. Wish me luck!
Hiroko Mifune • Fukuoka Toastmasters Club • Fukuoka, Japan

About Club Officer Training
I was saddened when I read the January Toastmaster. On page 22, the first reason given for attending club officer training was to “earn a point in the Distinguished Club Program,” while on page 5 a succinct article told us not to do things just because we could earn points for our club.

I agree totally with Michelle Baker’s point in “Running the Numbers” article on page 5, that we should be doing things in our clubs because the members need them, not just because we can earn a point for our club. Ideally, the Distinguished Club Program could vanish into thin air and the successful clubs would continue being successful because they provide for their members what the members want and need. Successful clubs go to great lengths to find out what their members really need by repeated use of Member Interest Surveys and every means of feedback possible. Successful clubs listen to their members.

It is astonishing that Sheila Spencer’s article, “Why attend Club-Officer Training?” ever needed to be written. Ideally, club-officer training should be so popular that people line up to attend and learn solutions to the problems their club face.

It is evident that club officers are not flocking to these sessions in overwhelming numbers. That this is so obviously the case that TI needs to commission an article giving nine reasons for going to club officer training is remarkable and does not bode well for the future health of the organization.
Brian Duckworth DTM • USC Toastmasters Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Support Through Splitsville!
I joined Toastmasters in 1994. I had just been divorced and needed support to go on with my life. I found the support I needed and much more! Over the years, I have developed more confidence, which has enabled me to overcome my shyness at meeting new people.

I’ve learned that if you can overcome the fear of public speaking, you can overcome just about anything, because you prove to yourself you have confidence in your skills.

I encourage everyone to join a Toastmaster club.
Jim McMorran, DTM • East Coast Raconteurs Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada