Letters: May 2010

Letters: May 2010

Letters to the Editor

Surgical Speaking Strategies
The January issue arrived at a perfect time in my life. Your special issue of Communicating with Medical Providers was most helpful as I was in the process of dealing with doctors and specialists prior to surgery in early February. I found “A Visit to the Doctor” by Florence Ferreira particularly informative.

I have also used this ongoing medical experience as the inspiration for Project #1 in the Special Occasion Speeches manual – Mastering the Toast. The assignment was a great opportunity for me to thank Toastmasters International as well as the members in my home club. Thank you, Toastmasters!
Diann Redden, ACS • Dryden Toastmasters • Dryden, Ontario, Canada 

“The Traveling Toastmaster” Wanders Too Far
I enjoyed the interesting, helpful features in the March issue, with one exception. The Postcards page featuring “The Traveling Toastmaster” doesn’t do much to enhance my speaking, listening and leadership abilities. They’re nice-looking folks with pleasant smiles, but the page reminds me of my middle school newsletter.

Bring back John Cadley’s page on humor!
Ted Fuller, CTM • Walnut Creek Sunrise Club • Walnut Creek, California 

Help for the Table Topics Challenge
Craig Harrison’s article “Turning the Table on Table Topics” (February) is a gem of reference material and hope for those of us who struggle with the impromptu side of a Toastmasters meeting. I plan to pick one strategy at a time in future meetings, so I can eventually practice all of them. This is a copy of the Toastmaster magazine I will not give away!
Celia Berrell, ACB • Mount Sheridan Toastmasters Club • Cairns, Queensland, Australia

A Hidden Passion
Last June, after many years of despising public speaking, I joined Toastmasters. In less than a year, I have completed much of the Competent Communication manual and found it to be quite exciting.

I now get the same thrill out of public speaking as I do out of any high-speed sport. Toastmasters has uncovered a hidden passion. Thank you Toastmasters, for taking a huge stress in my life and turning it into a very enjoyable hobby.
Mike Haine • Cowichan Toastmasters • Duncan, B.C., Canada 

Storytellers Need Feedback Too
Regarding “The Glory of the Story” (March) by Craig Harrison, I wish to commend Craig for his comparison of Toastmasters to storytellers and the best features of each organization. Having been a member of both a storytelling guild and Toastmasters, I have often contemplated what one organization can offer the other.

To clarify one point: Our guild meetings are also a safe place for members to practice stories and receive feedback. When a storyteller is working on a new piece, perhaps a story he or she has written, we offer appreciation and feedback according to the storyteller’s requests on that particular day. Storytellers might ask listeners to look for specific points, just as we do at Toastmasters. We share how the story affected us as listeners, ways to make it more effective and best audiences for the story.
Carolyn Wilker,ACS, CL • Energetics Toastmasters • Waterloo, Ontario, Canada 

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