I’m a ‘baby boomer’ with much more of my career behind me than ahead of me. So when joining the club, three years ago, career progression wasn’t really high on my agenda. Improving my speaking skills was a bonus rather than an objective and what I really wanted was to get involved in an engaging pastime.
The fact that I’ve stayed with the club for three years demonstrates that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the experience. During that time I know my ability and confidence have grown, and I’ve even taken part in competitions on behalf of the club. Participation in competitions is optional and won’t be everyone’s ‘cup of tea’: but for me the added pressure gives you ‘buzz’.
In a way public speaking is a bit like karaoke for people who can’t sing!