Two weeks ago I gave a speech at Toastmasters International 234 New Orleans. It was my last speech to earn the Advanced Leader Bronze. It was one of my best speeches, and it was titled “Let´s Celebrate.” It´s quite easy to find content to celebrate in New Orleans. We always have a reason to celebrate. I chose to talk about one of our most successful former members Anton Liberopoulos, 75 years of Toastmasters 234, 100 years of Forbes, and last but not least a look forward to New Orleans´300 year anniversary in 2018.
I love to celebrate people. Anton was with us for only one year. This shy 23 year young man learned to face his fears very quickly. He took every chance we gave him to speak, evaluate, and lead meetings at our club. He grew very quickly, gained substantial self confidence, and built his business as a coach for Internet Marketing. After one year he left us to join very successful marketers in California and made $ 240,000 in his first year of business! That´s awesome. We at 234 are so proud to have helped him on his way! Any business is a people´s business. No matter how large or little your organisation – the most valuable aspect of your business is the people and how you take care of them.
This year is the 75th birthday of our club 234. We celebrated this anniversary in June this year. It was a wonderful personal event. Founders of our club were people who made important decisions for our city of New Orleans. Many people don´t know that public speaking is like fitness training… You do it over and over again to stay in “shape”. Over 250 people have joined our club since 2003. Some then founded their own clubs, moved away, or just achieved their goals.
Do you know why Forbes became over 100 years this year? That´s unheard of for business publications. Probably because they treated their customers and supporters very well. Forbes asked in the 100 years anniversary issue in September 100 people about their personal success. Most of them gave advice readers could use in their own organisations. I chose to talk about three Go-getters who pointed out their personal interaction with one individual. Oprah Winfrey met Nelson Mandela, Peter Lynch mentioned Warren Buffett and Ted Turner sailed with Jimmy Brown. Oprah talked about decision making, Peter about personal branding and Ted about his personal needs. Personal interaction is and will be always the most valuable form of communication.