Toastmasters: Abbey Road

Cedieu Gantt-Exavier/Correspondent

“Something in the way she moves, attracts me like no other lover.”

Cedieu Gantt-Exavier/The Avion Newspaper. Charlie Vance (right) awards on of two winners the best "Table Topics" ribbon.

Cedieu Gantt-Exavier/The Avion Newspaper. Charlie Vance (right) awards on of two winners the best “Table Topics” ribbon.

If you have no idea where those lyrics originated from, I believe that an adventure to find your soul is long overdue.

For those of us who do not know, the lyrics stem from the song “Something,” by the Beatles. Something is the second song of the Beatles last album, Abbey Road.

On Monday September 26, 2016, an organization who go by the name Toastmasters had their first open house meeting for the Fall 2016 semester.

Their theme for the meeting, Abbey Road. Toastmasters is an international organization dedicated to developing leadership and communication skills.

Their Daytona Beach division is a diversified group, consisting of assorted professions, ages, and cultures. They have been around for about 37-38 years. They have enough experience to turn any individual into a leader with a voice.

The meeting started off with paying their respects to our great country; reciting the Pledge. The meeting then leads into introductions, showing of their very energetic Toastmaster(MC) Charlie Vance, and their well-spoken president Tom Kramer.

Between the two of them, they were able to develop a well-engaged meeting with lots of laughs and pointers to help individuals improve their communication skills.

The meeting then transitioned into speeches where the speakers were chosen beforehand to speak on a topic of their choosing.

My favorite part of the meeting was Table Topics. During this section of the meeting, individuals are asked to perform impromptu speeches on various topics. I believe you can guess what this evening’s Table Topics encompassed.

As expected, there were those who didn’t accept the challenge, but also those who embraced it, seeing it as an opportunity to better themselves.

The meeting ended with delegated critics who evaluated everyone on how well they used grammar, the time the person spent speaking, and the amount of ah’s and um’s a person used.

All in all, Toastmasters is a great place to find one’s self. If you are looking to build your confidence, to find your voice, Toastmasters is the place to be.

They meet weekly on Mondays from 6-7pm in the College of Business, Building Room 268.

If you have any questions, you can visit toastmasters. org. If you have any specific questions about the Daytona Beach division, you are more than welcome to reach out to Vice President Robert Fletcher, at 386-453-0390. Come out and become a better you!