Last week I attended the Toastmasters International Convention. For those of you who don’t know what Toastmasters is: it’s an organization helping individuals become better communicators and stronger leaders. Members are encouraged to give speeches to their peers, receive feedback, and become a better listener and communicator in the process: https://www.toastmasters.org/
This year they held their yearly convention in Chicago, so off I went for four full days to soak up all the inspiration and information my head and heart could hold. I walked away with many golden nuggets that I will use in my upcoming presentations. Here is one I’d like to share with you right now.
The keynote speaker, Steve Gilliland https://stevegilliland.com/, gave a riveting talk asking the audience to think about five people who influenced their life. As he began to share his own story, he mentioned two people that made a powerful impact on him – his secretary and his teacher. It really made me think: who has made a profound impact on my life? Of course, there is the obvious like my father and my husband, but now because of Steve’s stories, I’d like to dig deeper to uncover the other three. Who else has helped pave the way to get me to where I stand today?
I don’t have the answer yet, but I guarantee I’m going to search my soul for the five people who have influenced me the most, then reach out to them and tell them what an impact they have made. I want to say: “thank you.”
And as I am searching for the five most impactful people for my list, I can’t help but wonder: How many lists will I be on???