„Say yes to opportunities when they came along” – these were the words of the World Champion of Public Speaking 1995, Mark L. Brown, my role model, in one of his videos in his
He tells a story when he came to the finals in the World Championship of Public Speaking along with 8 other contestants. But he didn’t win. Then David Brookes, the 1990 World Champion, the Mastermentor, came into his life.
David offered his help to prepare Mark for the championship next year. And Mark said Yes.
Next year, in 1995 he won theWorld Championship of Public Speaking.
You can watch his winning speech here:
Now he works as a recognized and well-established Keynote Speaker and mentor all over the world. I had a pleasure to meet him and his wonderful wife Andrea in a Spectacular Speaking workshop in Berlin in 2016.
We are still in touch.
I love listening to his beautiful, inspiring stories and speeches. I can see that what he tells and teaches yields good fruit.
So when we had club elections in Poland’s First TM and I was proposed as Vice PR, his words immediately came back to me : „Say yes to opportunities.” And I considered that an opportunity.
First I was taken aback by the proposal but then I saw it
I was ready to take up the duties. Yet Roman
It didn’t discourage me to volunteer for a club coach position when a request from Elena Pawęta, Club Growth Director of our district, came as an open call. As a long-standing member, with a year of experience as a club secretary in First Berlin Toastmasters, I qualified and was appointed a club coach for a club as far away as in cold and chilly Finland – Virtual Speakers.
For those who said yes to that opportunity there is a special reward. Club coaches will get a bonus of getting an additional credit – a club coach plus district officer role. But only this year.
As you can see – it’s worth it! Even double worth it!
Now, will you say yes to opportunities when they come along?
Author: Ewa Czech, First Toastmasters Club