Lately I’ve been asked to help with the formation of two new Toastmasters clubs as well as teach at the Toastmasters Leadership Institute (a.k.a. club officer training or TLI). Two themes have become a part of my public speeches at these events; represented here with the “ME at the center of the universe” poster and the image of a mountain guide assisting another climber.
As individuals decide to join a club, many ask themselves, “What’s in if for me?” There’s nothing wrong with this question. We all must weigh the PROs with the CONs whenever we’re faced with how to spend our time, talent, or treasure.
Over time our focus shifts from what’s-in-it-for-me? to what’s-in-it-for-(the)-members? The “ME” is turned upside down and becomes a “WE.” Some might say that this is the natural way of things. What say you?
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