Thursday, April 9, 2020

Attending a Toastmasters meeting on every continent - Africa

Yesterday I attended a meeting of a Cairo based Toastmasters club. At least I think it was based in Cairo. Ashraf Youssef, VP of Education for the Cairo club, invited me.

I reached out to Ashraf after seeing his name and club on a Google docs list of clubs that are meeting via Zoom and looking to have visitors. He could not have been more helpful. He gave me dates and times for multiple clubs in the Middle East. He also showed me how to use Whatsapp to communicate. (Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?)

There were 29 people attending from all over the world. Our Table Topics master was from South America. We had three people in the US - one from California, one from the Carolinas (I never did find out which one) and me. There was at least one person attending from India, and multiple people from Kenya and Qatar.

The speeches were well done, and the table topics were some of the best I have seen. The TT Master conducted a virtual "podcast" on success. I had my typical TT experience - hoping I would get picked for about five questions in a row, then hearing one and thinking "Oh please not that one" and immediately hearing my name called to do it.

On the bright side, I managed to talk for a minute on why chocolate wafers can help make you successful.


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