Another Club Ambassador Visit
The second club I visited as part of the Ambassador requirements was Arlington Heights Toastmasters. This club has been in existence for over 20 years. John Labbe first started at Toastmasters with this club.
Here I was a Table Topics speaker and an Evaluator. It was great fun; I got to give a speech on what makes me happy. When I stepped on stage, the first thing I did was twirl about in a circle and stated that I liked to dance like Ellen DeGeneres. “Not really, but I want to dance like she does on her show because she’s so happy.” I went on to describe my passions, Toastmasters, and improv.
Later, I gave an evaluation to a Toastmaster in the club. She was a comedienne in real life and had great timing. I could sell she had performed on stage. She was very funny and got lots of laughs.
Several people walked up to me afterward and complimented me on my Table Topics speech and we exchanged cards. I even made a couple of improv connections. When the club, went out for a beer, later on, they invited me to join. I agreed. We ended up at Cortland’s Garage and all chatted for another hour. What a great group of people.
This club had lots of extras, some important ones that worked well: An “Ah Jar”—where you put in 25 cents for each Ah (or other filler words) up to $1. You get to remove 25 cents once if you use the word of the day. Then they use that money for a special outing at the end of the month.
They also have an extra 30-second table topics portion at the start of the meeting (they do table topics also) in which everyone at the meeting (including guests) gives a 30-second untimed speech using the same prompt. It’s a great way to loosen up. In addition, the club and guests voted for the best Table Topics speaker and the best Evaluator. The winners got to take home a ribbon (even guests). What a nice way to incentivize getting better at speaking.
One more and I am an ambassador! But maybe I won’t stop. I’m meeting lots of people and learning lots of things. Who wants to go with me to the next one?