At Toastmasters, our invocations are an inspiring non-denominational start to our meetings. Some people say, "Amen" after the invocation, but as a non-demonimational organization, this practice is generally not followed.
Emily Dickenson once said, "I dwell in Possibility." By joining Toastmasters and coming here each Tuesday night we are choosing to dwell in Possibility. As we gather around these tables may we acknowledge the courage that it has taken each one of us to take this step towards realizing all of the potential that life has for us. Let us continue to dwell in our possibility with enthusiastic and passionate resolve.
Albert Einstein said “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” May we learn from yesterday's mistakes and challenges. Tonight may we live in the moment, taking joy in our meeting. And may we increase in hope for our speeches of tomorrow through the helpful support and learning that we receive tonight.
Dale Carnegie said, "There are always three speeches, for every one you actually gave. The one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave." We've come to Toastmasters tonight to grow our skills so that our given speech grows ever closer to our wished for speech.
On this very frigid evening, may we warm our hearts and minds with the company of our fellow Toastmasters. Let us put our best foot forward so that we may encourage and help our new Toastmasters become better communicators and leaders. As always let us learn from each other as each of us brings something unique to the Toastmasters' table.
The Bible says: "The stroke of the whip maketh marks in the flesh: but the stroke of the tongue breaketh the bones. Many have fallen by the edge of the sword: but not so many as have fallen by the tongue." Tonight, may we lift up instead of striking down. May we heal, instead of break. May we learn by being supportive to one another in the best tradition of Toastmasters.
The strength of Toastmasters is its members. It isn't in strength in numbers, but strength in our actions. In this meeting tonight, may each one here give and receive supportive coaching so that we continue to develop and grow our leadership and communication skills.
Hansell B. Duckett said, "What this country needs is more free speech worth listening to." Tonight let us learn to think, listen and speak so that our speech will not only be worth listening to, it will move the hearts and minds and souls of those listening.
Let's reflect on the words of Peggy Noonan: "A speech is poetry: cadence, rhythm, imagery, sweep! A speech reminds us that words, like children, have the power to make dance the dullest beanbag of a heart."