Did any of us really know what we were getting ourselves into at the introductory Toastmasters meeting? We sat around those long wooden tables wondering what was going to happen next.
The speech was about introverts. There were definitely some in the room. However, most of the officer positions were promptly filled by willing participants, and the one who vowed to sit on her hands and not volunteer, became president.
My plate was full, but I accepted the challenge.
I am so glad I did not miss out on the opportunity to be a part of all of the agendas, open houses, improv sessions, phenomenal speeches, two TLIs, the newsletter, happy hours, the speech showcase, the tears, the cheers, the laughs… all of funny moments, and the wonderful relationships I’ve built with so many of you.
Thanks to everyone that made this such a wonderful adventure. You took on a role at the last minute; you had the courage to give the first speech; and then another; you shared an idea or suggestion; you brought a snack; you invited a guest, you mentored and motivated; or just showed up…in the rain, in the snow, in the cold.
WUSTL Speaks is successful because of all of you.
It was an honor to serve the club and be a part of the inaugural term.
My experience reminds me of a quote from the book discussed at that introductory meeting:
“In our society, the ideal self is bold, gregarious, and comfortable in the spotlight. We like to think that we value individuality, but mostly we admire the type of individual who’s comfortable ‘putting himself out there.’” Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking