I recently signed up to be the Toastmaster of the Day for my International Lunchtime Toastmasters Club meeting. Toastmasters is a club to help develop public speaking and leadership skills.

This club is a three-language club – German, French, and English. To be a member, you have to be able to and want to speak in at least two of the three languages. 

As Toastmaster of the Day, I was the main facilitator of the hour-long meeting. I got to introduce the speakers and made sure everything was running smoothly. 

I’ve noticed that I often stick to speaking English because it is so much easier for me. At this last meeting, one of the members who is French gave his 12th speech. He’s given most of them in English and this time he decided to give it in German for the first time. It was well-rehearsed and delivered. 

I was impressed and I took the opportunity to do parts of my role in German too (not something I usually do). I made a few mistakes here and there and put some sentences into Google translate and it worked, people understood.

At the end of the meeting, a few said that they would also like to do their first German speech too. I find that when I see other people trying out new things, it motivates me to try things out too. 

What would you like to try?


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