2017-18 in Toastmasters

May 2017 was one of the most significant months in my Toastmasters Journey.

It was a time of high achievement personally and after several attempts at competing in Contests, all the preparation, practice and feedback finally paid off when I was crowned District 73 Table Topics Champion.

To say I was ‘Gob-smacked’ would be a huge understatement, as I had chosen another contestant as the winner as I sat in the audience after delivering my speech, and, when the contest was over and the Chief judge returned with the results, I felt that I’d given it my best shot, and whatever the result, I couldn’t have done any better on the day.

Well, I won, and the surprising thing that I learned later was, that I’m the only person in my club to have ever won a District Contest. Given that Frankston Toastmasters Club was established 44 years ago, I now appreciate what an accomplishment it was.

The rest as they say, is history, for my competing days are over, and now I focus on District service, private speaking engagements and travel.

Christmas & New Year in Kuala Lumpur

Travel is good for the soul.

As a Toastmaster I enjoy travel and meeting Toastmasters from around the world. This gives me an incredible opportunity to submerge myself in other cultures; learn a little bit of local conversational language, and meet interesting people who often become close friends.

I lead a busy and varied life and travel often to South East Asia, where I indulge myself with great hotels, fine restaurants and cafes, have connection with good people, and often when walking off the beaten tourist track, see things that are new to me.

Travel has many joys for me, and though I’m past my three score years and ten, I travel alone, and connect with the world.

In August last year, I was in Vancouver and Alaska. For last Christmas and New Year I was in Kuala Lumpur (My home away from home) spending time with friends and experiencing the awesome delights that KL has to offer.

Imagine for yourself what it may be like to stand on the terrace at Melia Hotel at midnight and watch a fabulous fireworks display at Petronas Towers, while clinking wine glasses and wishing Happy New Year to new found friends from Spain, Mexico, France, Malaysia, UK, Ireland, Australia & New Zealand, Iran and Iraq. I did this and it was wonderful.

The Man In The Red Suit

With only five more days to go before the man in the red suit begins his journey to deliver glad tidings and gifts to people around the world, let us be mindful of those who cannot be with us at this celebratory time.

It’s been a big year for me, and now it’s wind down time.

I’ll be jetting away on Christmas Eve to my home away from home, where I’ll experience a different kind of Christmas with good friends. Yesterday I gave my son his gift for Christmas. He’s very pleased and so am I.

In my 44 years in Australia, this will be only the third time I have spent Christmas and New Year away from home. I’ll be thinking of my family and friends while I’m away though, and take this opportunity to wish you all A Merry Christmas and a Sensation New Year. and I look forward to catching up with all of you in 2018.

November News

It’s time to take this workshop on the road.

“Tough Times Don’t Last”

No person knows everything and every person knows something, yet often people believe that if something has to be done well, they have to do it themselves. This isn’t true of course, because a team well directed and guided can produce favourable outcomes in a timely fashion to the satisfaction of all.

Excellent communicators and leaders can create a vision, state the mission and inspire the team to produce spectacular results.

This workshop will give all participants the knowledge, practice and feedback, to forge new pathways to collective and collaborative achievement, which benefits everyone.

Don’t Delay – Contact me today to get details of the next workshop which is limited to 20 participants.

Updating my website

No matter how much effort I put in to update my website, there is always much more to do, and I’m busily doing it. I’ve promised my self and my followers that all will be ready by 31st October, for the launch on 1st November. I’ve looked at my calendar going forward and will dedicate four hours per day, to ensure that this website will be the best it can be. Sadly, I missed my own deadline as opportunities to speak and Emcee a couple of big events.

This has set me back a month and now my website will launch on 10th January 2018.

So much has happened in 2017, that I now am confident I can do all I’ve dreamed of doing and still speak, present, conduct workshops and travel.

Life is for living and loving and I’m loving and living my life.

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