Third Club Ambassador Visit
The third club I visited for the Ambassador program was the Toastmasters On Purpose. They are an advanced club and meet at Harper College. Let me say this, I thought I knew the campus, but not until I tried to get to the meeting room for this club.
First off, it was raining and bleary out. I considered not going but had made a commitment to myself to attend. A goal is a goal. I to home much later than expected and swallowed the entire slice of meatloaf in one gulp from my microwaved Lean Cuisine (didn’t even eat the apples for dessert!). I raced out the door with 15 minutes to get there. I got on 53 in hopes of making it there on time—only to be dashed when I got off at Euclid and the car in front of me was doing the speed limit. I cursed the woman as I raced around her—though due to conditions I knew it would be tight. But I’d been smart and looked up the campus and the building room. I got there—ran over to building Z. Oops…they were in X…but that was nowhere in sight. I asked someone seated in an office—it was 7 pm exactly (the starting time-I was late!). She said it was in the middle of the campus—I wasn’t sure where that mean—but knew from her look an tone it was far! I kept moving—from building to wrong building—the signs on campus are not user-friendly in the parking lot— or on the campus. When I finally got to where I thought the middle was I saw building B. Oh no, it was 7:10 pm. Dang, I wasn’t going to make it. I started heading back to my car. Then I saw I was in a different building Z. Weird. But I knew if I went back toward my car I’d find X. And I did—I arrived 15 minutes late. I was wet (not all building are connected and it was raining). And tired. A good mile workout I think. But there.
I got an agenda and watched and listened. As an advanced club, they had a few differences. They do two types of evaluations. I was lucky to see both. A round robin is where everyone gives impressions of the speech. And one evaluation split into two—content and delivery. Though much of those overlap. What I missed most was having no Table Topics. This was eliminated altogether. Instead, they had 4 speeches with the evaluations. What was great was one woman gave a preliminary speech on Mind Mapping a topic they have a full session on 11/15. I plan to attend that so it was fun to get a teaser. This is also going to be a TedX. And some of the speeches were ones that had been reworked and reworked. So they were very good. They didn’t break until the end—so I didn’t get to talk to the people until them. That was a bummer. But they were all genuinely helpful and fun. One lady gave me a flyer for a presentation (with a fee). The one woman I spoke with about mind mapping was great—I asked if she would give a speech (later, of course) on how TedX was different than Toastmasters at Career Communicators. She was a snow-bird and left during the winter from Illinois, but said she’d consider doing that when she returned. I met some wonderful people.
Who wants to join me at my next club visit?