Wish You Were at Toastmasters…

  When Yulia Usova proposed some members from Kyiv Toastmasters Clubs conduct a demo-meeting for SoftServe employees in Lviv, we agreed without hesitation and went to Lviv with great enthusiasm – to attract young people who want to improve themselves and develop public speaking skills.
  We were 6 in Kyiv’s team: Vitaliy Karpets and Olena Domotenko (Top Talkers), Alla Khoroshykh (Toastcrackers), Olga Yeryomina (DniproHills), Yulia Usova and Lyudmyla Povaliy (Art-Talkers). The figure “six” reminded the famous Redyard Kipling’s saying: “I have six honest serving men…” and we made a wish – to come to Lviv in a year and meet there intelligent and talented people who will combine their leisure with self-education and self-improvement.

Demo-meeting in Lviv

  …At SoftServe’s office we were pleasantly surprised – everything was ready for the meeting. Being honest, on Saturday morning we couldn’t expect so many participants who later confessed that they had come with great desire – to meet new friends, get to know about Toastmasters and have fun together.
  “If you want the world to change, look at the world with new eyes”, Yulia Usova addressed the audience while opening the demo-meeting. “Look at yourself, your world and your opportunities with new eyes and create Toastmasters for your self-development”.
  There were great prepared speeches that day: “About Toastmasters Organization” and “If you Don’t Go Forward…” Then SoftServe employees participated in Table Topic Session. Some of some were nervous a bit, but tried to get rid of fear and speak with confidence. Those were excited moments — with jokes, smiles and friendly laughter, especially during evaluations of speeches.
…Time flies quickly when you’re busy with something useful and exciting. Even after the meeting we continued to talk with SoftServe employees, encouraging them to be creative and experiment with new approaches to become better communicators and leaders. The TM program is successful because it meets fundamental human needs for personal development and team work. And I’m sure that in the nearest future Lviv’s Toastmasters members will take an active part in Toastmasters events as International speech contests, trainings, Autumn Ball, Summer Picnics and many other activities.

Lyudmyla Povaliy, UUPN member and Art-Talkers PR Expert

P.S. When I finished writing this info, I received the e-mail from Lviv:
“Your Toastmasters demo-meeting made a significant impression on me and my co-workers. You did light the fire, and now we can’t but keep it burning. Who knows, may be once you’ll come to Lviv in order to have a speech in the first Lviv Toastmasters club. Anyway, you are always welcome here”.
Oksana Mykhaylyuk
CSR / QA Analyst, JC
SoftServe, Inc.

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