Lathrop Douglass, member

06/02/2011

Speaker happiness

Speaker happiness

I started out in the Ballard Speakeasy Toastmasters club feeling real paranoid about getting up in front of a group of people and talking for one minute…not to mention 5, 7 or 10 minutes! The “butterflies” were swirling like crazy. I’m also easily distracted when listening to others. But upon joining Ballard Speakeasy and following the program’s guidelines, my speaking abilities have really improved.  I have experienced such positive and sensitive support from my fellow club members, that I quickly learned to control my fears, better organize my thoughts, and speak  to a group of people with way more confidence and poise than before. I’m managing to listen with more focus and improving still. Another benefit is that I’m becoming more socially confident.
Ballard Speakeasy is truly a fantastic value. I love the people. We share similar challenges, goals, ‘stumblings’ as well as personal successes! We carefully listen to each other and provide each other with suggestions that really help us learn.  The Ballard Speakeasy experience is tops! It’s educational, it’s challenging and rewarding.
It really works!