Slightly cryptic title I know but let me explain.. Do you ever ask yourself:
How can I reach my full potential? Where can I find a way to become more successful at work? What strategies can I use to increase my self-confidence?
There isn’t one single solution to achieve any of this but one fun and clever way you can go about it would be to join a Toastmasters Club.
Week # 12 challenge – Part 1 (May 9th to 15th): Attend the First Ottawa Young Professionals Toastmasters Club Meeting.
Toastmasters Club? What is it? It’s quite simple really, the premise of this Club consists of providing a safe space where you can develop your communication skills with a particular focus on group presentations.
- Who can attend? This particular group is geared towards young individuals, yet no actual age range is specified. If you feel young at heart then you are welcomed!
- What is this club about? The purpose is to help young men and women in the National Capital region to become better communicators in a supportive and fun environment. A new theme is introduced at each meeting and the participants will have a different role every time ranging from meeting host to speaker and so on.
- When does it take place? The club will host two meetings a month, on Monday evenings from 5:30pm to 8pm.
- Where do I go? Toastmasters club meetings are held all over the world, country and throughout our city. This particular club is currently hosting it’s meetings at The Clocktower Brew Pub at 575 Bank Street. Mixing good food/drinks with presentations is a winning combination, don’t you think?
- How much does it cost? Attending your first two Toastmasters meetings as an observer is Free of charge. This allows you to familiarize yourself with what the club is offering and allows you to decide if you want to become a member. You can then register for a one year membership, at a discounted price during the month of May 2016, which comes up to 151.02$.
Please note: you can choose to sign-up with toastmasters at any time.
Feeling shy? This is precisely why this club exists. It will allow you to become more spontaneous and comfortable presenting your thoughts, ideas and opinions no matter your audience, whether it be one individual or a large group.
The club organizers which included Kimberly Dueck, Genevieve Bisson and Amanda Tompkins are all very approachable and very open to mentoring you to improve your communication abilities. I left the meeting feeling very inspired and seriously considering joining this club.
The next meeting is scheduled for Monday May 30th. Make sure to go sign-up here to experience this for yourself
You have the potential and this group will help you reach it!
Now this is where the blossoming reference in my title comes in. This week was the launch of our annual Canadian Tulip festival.
In case you didn’t know this festival began in 1953 and was inspired by Princess Juliana of the Netherlands who offered Canada 100 000 tulip bulbs as thank you for harbouring her and her family during the second world war.
Want to see the tulips beds? Visit the Major Hill’s Park and the Commissioner’s Park.
Want entertainment? Visit the Aberdeen Pavillion at Landsdowne for live performances, children programs, art displays and food vendors.
To visit the map select here.
Week # 12 challenge – Part 2 (May 9th to 15th): Volunteer at the Canadian Tulip festival.
Why Volunteer you ask? To that I respond: Why not? Volunteering has many benefits:
- Inside look: You get to go behind the scenes and find out how the event is managed and coordinated;
- A win-win: It’s a great way to give back to your community but also an excellent opportunity for you to develop new skills since we must admit that volunteering = work;
- Social opportunity: Allows you to meet and interact with other volunteers And visitots of all ages. to meet great people of all ages.
- Career progression: volunteering is a great asset on any resume and you never know what kind of networking opportunities can result from the volunteer work you do;
- Souvenirs: Volunteering has little perks such as getting volunteer shirts (not always flattering I must admit), food during or after your shift, gear such as reusable water bottles, etc. Don’t want the freebies? Do like me and donate them. Someone may find great use out of them.
Most importantly when volunteering have fun! Things won’t go as planned, you may be tasked with something you don’t like, or may interact with people you don’t necessarily see eye to eye with it. That’s ok, just make the best of it and keep up the positivity attitude!
Do you volunteer or want to volunteer? If so where do/would you like to go?