Mastering Toasting

I’m not here. That is… I’m somewhere, but I’m not around as I should be to announce my guest post on Jane Bwye’s blog. Jane, who has lived for most of her life in Kenya, is the author of Breath of Africa, a novel dedicated to the youth of Kenya.

So I scheduled this post in advance.

My guest post is about Toastmasters, which I joined recently. You can find it here. If it’s not there yet, it soon will be. And it’s partly to celebrate my birthday, which was yesterday.

Back soon….

By Miriam Drori

Author, editor, attempter of this thing called life. Social anxiety warrior. Cultivating a Fuji, edition 3, a poignant, humorous and uplifting tale, published with Ocelot Press, January 2023.

7 replies on “Mastering Toasting”

Sounds like an opportunity to get some very useful experience. Hope you had a great Birthday and enjoy the rest of your holiday 🙂

Hi Miriam, I’ve just read your toastmaster post. Your experience sounds very much like mine. I was thrilled, but promptly went into a panic a few years ago when told my book would be published but I would be expected to help publicise it with talks and interviews. I joined a local branch of the Association of Speakers Clubs (which I understand is very much like Toastmasters). It helped a lot. I soon became confident at planned speeches (despite my shyness which I think must be really social anxiety, or both). I still don’t like the impromptu speeches, but I can manage now. The speakers club helped me gain confidence so that I could go on to do interviews and speak on the radio, and even TV. I’m sure your Toastmasters will increase your confidence in that way. We might not be able to fully overcome SA but we CAN stop it holding us back so much. Jean xx

Thank you, Jean. I remember you managed very well in the radio programme I heard you in. Glad your experience helped you and hoping for the same for me.

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