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My first public speaking experience was at a Dale Carnegie class that a friend of mine paid for. It was 1983. I drove around and around the hotel where the class took place, trying to get my nerve up. I managed to walk in the place, then waited until everyone else in the room had briefly introduced themselves. I was so scared that I remember feeling like I floated to the front. I mumbled my name and then rushed out into the hall and threw up. This was the beginning of my speaking career. It could only get better.
I kept going back and graduated (You don’t take the Dale Carnegie course, you LIVE it!) and then found my way to Toastmasters. I first joined Austin TM. It was the oldest club, and the largest. I gave a few speeches and lost my momentum there, then happened to hear of a new club forming at the New Age Bookstore on S. Lamar. I attended the initial meeting and became a founding member. It was an amazing group of people, with much to say. We settled on the name Frontier Toastmasters and were very active for many years.
At a meeting in 1988 someone asked if anyone was interested in giving a talk in the federal prison near Bastrop. Almost without conscious thought, my hand was suddenly waving. I followed through and found myself addressing around 80 inmates in the chapel for a two hour talk. I could tell by the body language that they weren’t there by choice…
to be continued