Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor
Here’s How to Write an Article!
Please accept my sincere appreciation for an outstanding article: “Here’s How to Work a Room” by Lin Grensing-Pophal (June). The article was quite enlightening, and I wanted to know more.
Further, the short sidebar (“Networking Styles – Which Are You?”) featuring the ideas of author Don Gabor was right to the point and superb! Kudos to both authors. To the Toastmaster magazine staff, please keep up your hard work and diligence. I appreciate it!
Marshall Cardesh Lewis, DTM • Rockville, Maryland
Remember to Smile!
Thank you for publishing “Here‘s How to Work a Room” (June). Lin Grensing-Pophal did a fine job giving us all the essentials to make a networking event a true success. The listening part is one I think many of us are still challenged by. I notice this every time I attend a trade show or a district meeting. As a wellness coach I am trained to ask lots of open questions, reflect back and carefully listen. I consciously refrain from speaking too much at these kind of events.
Patricia Fripp, featured in your article, gave the best advice I ever heard about meeting people: Stick out your hand, shake theirs, introduce yourself and smile. Interesting to see how many people are still reluctant to do this. Try noticing how many people do this at your next networking event.
Marilyn E. Jess, DTM • Last Word Club • Burlington, Massachusetts
Persuaded to Try to Persuade
The article “The Equation for Persuasion” (April) gives a lot of advice on the art of persuasion and I’ll read it several times.
I recently gave my 10th speech, titled “Yes we can!” It was a great challenge for me, because I had to inspire the audience by appealing to noble motives and challenge them to achieve a higher level of beliefs. The day arrived, I made my speech and when I received the comments, I was happy because I achieved my goal!
I think this article will help me with my next speeches in the Advanced Communication program.
Danaë Dereau, CC • Rosemasters club • Toulouse, France
You Are Not Alone
The words of Steve Richards in his letter “Am I the Only One?” ring true to my ears. My club, Good Morning Toastmasters, in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, meets twice a month at 7 a.m.
Always, I feel invigorated after this early morning meeting with fellow Toastmasters who show up on sunny mornings but also through snow, sleet and rain. We face the world with a positive approach and fun in our hearts. I’ve been a member for 11/2 years now and wonder why I didn’t join earlier. Yes, speaking skills most certainly improve, but we learn so much from each other in our various professions, interests and outlooks on life.
Jeanette Allenbick • Good Morning Toastmasters Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
For the Fun of Toastmasters
In his letter “Am I the Only One?” (June) Steve Richards wondered if others join Toastmasters just because it is fun.
I am one who did. Unlike others who join Toastmasters for “purely selfish reasons” (building self-confidence, speaking skills and self-improvement – all of which I needed too), I originally joined Toastmasters out of boredom. (My then-employer did not have any lunch-time employee socializing activities.)
Toastmasters opened my eyes! I became hooked. I started attending area, division and district-level contests as well as district and regional conferences to be entertained and educated by speakers more skilled than myself. I couldn’t wait to become an area governor and sponsor a new club, both of which I did within my first eight years.
Over 19 years I have made dozens of new Toastmasters acquaintances. Yet I remain an average rather than a polished speaker. I stay in Toastmasters for the fun of mentoring rookie Toastmasters and being an occasional club or district leader. And every so often, I climb another rung on the Toastmasters ladder.
Ralph Dellar, ATMB,CL • Des Plaines Toastmasters Des Plaines, Illinois
Listening as Fast as He Can
Sher Hooker’s article, “Turning Accents Into Assets” (June), was interesting and informative.
As someone who is hearing impaired, I can completely understand the well-trained announcers on television or radio, but have difficulty with people who talk fast. It is not that they talk too fast, it is that I hear too slowly. Of course, any accent different from the norm exacerbates the situation.
As far as a heavy accent is concerned, years ago I encountered a public speaking manual that described, with illustrations, the positions of the tongue, lips and teeth for various sounds in a number of European languages. This has helped me speak a number of languages with only a moderate accent. Such books are available through most libraries. I concede that to get rid of the moderate accent would require serious professional training.
Matthew W. Slate, ATMB • Raytheon Sudbury club Sudbury, Massachusetts
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