Fellow Toastmasters, are you sober enough to remember just before Christmas when we had the storms? It was pretty nasty wasn’t it? I was meant to go and start my Christmas Shopping on 23rd
and I just couldn’t face the wind and the rain! When I finally got out of bed on Christmas Eve at 10am, I came down to my kitchen to view this sight in my garden…
|Look what the wind blew in!
|Our not quite perfect Tree
Now, my partner, who saw it hours before, cursed it and spent all day at work thinking about how we were going to sort this ‘inconvenience’. I, on the other hand, saw it as an opportunity to go shopping for some lights and a fancy pot that could hold the tree and transform it in to a wonderful quirky Christmas tree which I really wish I could have up forever!
Why I am telling you this? Well because sometimes when life throws up these little inconveniences, they can actually turn out to be opportunities, but to see the opportunity in these events, you have to check your perspective. Since its New Year, it is the perfect time for you to start looking at things differently. It’s your opportunity to start a fresh. So what opportunities will you take in 2014?
Will you take the opportunity to increase your club attendance?
Take the opportunity to get more speeches under your belt?
Take the opportunity to give more helpful feedback to others?
Take the opportunity to enter a speech contest?
Take the opportunity take on more roles?
Take the opportunity to visit other clubs?
Take the opportunity mentor a fellow Toastmaster?
And if you are not a member but happen to be here on the blog –why not take the opportunity to develop your confidence in public speaking and actually join Lewisham Speakers Club???
Whatever stage you are in your Toastmasters journey, there is an opportunity for you. Please do not waste it!
Wishing you all a Happy, and opportunistic New Year!