This is the best Toastmasters meeting I’ve ever attended. I listened to three speeches tonight: an ice-breaker, a speech on pushing your limits, and an inspirational speech titled “Assume the Position,” a world-class speech about having the courage to assume your calling in life. Everyone was prepared, powerful, and on purpose. Everyone here is in prison.
This is the California Rehabilitation Center for men in Norco, the home of clubs “Astute” and “Striving for Change” under the leadership of Area Director Marco Rodriguez, Sr.
This a standing-room only club–where the pledge of allegiance is recited with gusto, where the president leads the members in a raucous cheer for Toastmasters, and where the speeches make your eyes well up. What makes this special environment club so special? The answer is that every one here tries their utmost best. They’re giving every ounce of effort because their life is at stake—a life of freedom, a life of redemption—when they get out.
Having something at stake brings out the best in us. The next time you step into your Toastmasters meeting, your job, or any endeavor, ask yourself, “What do I have at stake?”
Categories: Personal Empowerment