Speak Out: Weekly Discover

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© irene waters 2016

I don’t have a problem raising my voice and speaking out on issues that I am passionate about. I can write letters without hesitation and raise my voice in the crowd protesting injustices against humanity and happenings that will adversely effect our earth in our time and in our children’s. If I’m passionate enough I can even stand and make my solo voice be heard in a crowded room. But I have to be passionate.

Normally, I shrink in a classroom, unable to even ask the question that is burning on my lips. Unable to share the information that would be of benefit to the rest of the students. I am unable to speak out. It is no different for me in a social situation where I am amongst strangers. I will hang on the edge. My internal voice will be berating me, pushing me forward but I am resistant. I don’t listen and nor do I speak out. I leave these gatherings feeling socially isolated and inadequate.

When I joined Toastmasters the purpose was to get me to a position where I was comfortable pitching my manuscript Nightmare in Paradise to a publisher or at a writers festival. Public speaking is an activity that has many petrified. It has been shown that more people would prefer to be in the coffin than giving a eulogy. Toastmasters was going to help me overcome this fear.

What I didn’t realise on joining Toastmasters was that the biggest benefit I would gain would be unfreezing in social situations and when my voice was solo in a venue. Practice at impromptu speaking with the segment in Toastmasters called table topics was going to make me more comfortable to speak out. I still have a long way to go. I haven’t mastered it yet but I am on the way. And what a thrill it was to receive the President’s Award for a table topics I was asked to present (impromptu) at the last meeting.

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© irene waters 2017

In response to the Weekly Discover challenge

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. Commenced a masters by research in 2014.
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8 Responses to Speak Out: Weekly Discover

  1. Congratulations on your award.

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  2. The mouse that roared – and had something important to say! Congratulations on finding that you can speak and should be heard.

    I have another blogging friend who writes about her experiences with Toastmasters, always a positive moment for her too.

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    • Yes it is a skill which comes naturally to some and for those it doesn’t thank heavens for toastmasters. We have been seeing the needed rain you have been getting but the frightening consequences. Hope you and your family are okay.

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      • We’re fine, thank you, not in a flood zone. But these huge trees have been falling, not just our eucalyptus but all kinds of big trees whose root areas are getting so soggy, there’s nothing to hold the trees in place. I love trees and forests, but trees used as landscaping in suburban homes are often the wrong kind. My heart aches for those whose luck is not so good – still worried for those south of the Oroville Dam. Crews are working like crazy to shore up the weakened and broken spillway, but no one is declaring safety yet. Almost 200,000 people are in danger, their towns could be submerged if the dam gives completely.

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      • We have that problem after a drought followed by flooding rains. As you say, okay when planted in the right place, otherwise beware. Hope they save the dam. That would be terrifying.

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  3. So good that you shared this! Congratulations on learning to speak up, and winning the award for table topics! I was a member some years ago, but with teaching and raising a family, I just couldn’t keep up with the ‘homework’! I remember table topics, and some of the other activities. I think there was a very important first speech I gave. It was so nerve wracking! But as I grow older, the whole ego thing we sometimes buy into is gone, and I say whatever I feel like saying! So I guess that’s progress!

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