I need a Hand today

Welcome and thank you for visiting “Life and Random Thinking” today.

Fun challenge first: Name this song ♥ – One of my “all time favorites !)

If I ever get out of here
Thought of giving it all away
To a registered charity
All I need is a pint a day
If I ever get outta here
(If we ever get outta here)

Well, the rain exploded with a mighty crash
As we fell into the sun
And the first one said to the second one there
“I hope you’re having fun”


The title of this post is ” I need a handbecause I am working on a Pathway Project which is the learning program through Toastmasters.

What is Toastmasters? The answer is in this link here (5 second read)

What is a Pathway project? The answer is in this link here (5 second read)

My speech this week for Toastmasters is report on this blog, and the purpose of this speech is to enhance my “social presence in relation to my being a Toastmaster vis-a-vis my blog. ”

What I would like is for my dear reading friends is three quick things:

With your help ♥ tomorrow I can show my fellow Toastmasters that some people have done these things then I think I can say I met my project goal and report I was successful. ♥

  • Click on each of the Toastmaster links above, and then either click “like” and/or comment if you have heard of Toastmasters before. You can do that at the bottom of the WordPress post page. Pretty Please ♥
  • If you are intrigued if there is a Club near you – please check by using this link ♥


A Brief explanation of Why and When I became a Toastmaster

I have been a member of Toastmasters since 2006. Most people who knew me probably never thought I needed help in speaking. However speaking in front of a group of people, and speaking well and being comfortable doing so are two totally different things.

I became a Toastmaster to avoid those um’s, ah’s and so’s we all hear from people unused to speaking in front of a group. I also felt better expressing my opinion in meetings and teaching at work.

In my personal life though is where I felt Toastmasters really helped me. I was able to speak at funerals of family members, my last gift to them. I was able to be a better library board member because I felt more comfortable speaking up. I was able to give a Toast at my daughter’s wedding.

Of course, I am still nervous but now I don’t have the regret at these events because I can overcome my reticence. I don’t walk away disappointed with myself, instead I am happy I can contribute and say what is in my heart and mind.

The opportunities seem to open up on their own, when people know you are a Toastmaster – from people asking you to be the Master of Ceremonies at a wedding, to being a supervisor at work leading a group of people. In fact, the world wide motto of Toastmasters International is “Where Leaders Are Made” and that’s because schools and universities teach us many wonder things, but not how to speak, listen, or give positive feedback.


Some recent photos I want to share next and express my “thank you” also.

Thank you !

About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and and am able to thank readers for their encouragement on what they liked and suggestions on what they would like to see me try in order to improve.
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23 Responses to I need a Hand today

  1. sdonais says:

    I can’t find a like nor comment field 

    Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPad

    Liked by 1 person

    • dfolstad58 says:

      Hi Sharon, when you click on the link on the Facebook link then you go to the online page, the like and comment section is at the bottom of the page below the SHARE buttons. ♥!♥


  2. Darlene says:

    I have heard of Toastmasters, a highly respected organization. As a career counsellor, I sent a number of people to Toastmasters over the years. One extremely shy job seeker was having so much trouble at job interviews as he just froze up and could not articulate his qualifications (which were very good). I suggested checking out Toastmasters, which he did and within 6 months he landed an excellent job. Good luck with your project goal.


    • dfolstad58 says:

      Thanks Darlene, I have heard and witnessed myself many similar success stories. Many professionals I have met have told me that they wish they had discovered Toastmasters earlier in their careers. Much appreciate you. – David


  3. Hi Dave, I clicked on them, but like Sharon, couldn’t find a like or comment. I’ll try the FB link. My husband joined toastmasters about 30 years ago, and it helped him a great deal, not only with his public speaking but with his confidence.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. storygal says:

    A long time member of Toastmasters and I can say just how much it helped in my business, my author presentations and generally in confidence. Best to you on your speech, Dave!


  5. Bob Smith says:

    Hi Dave, I clicked on the Links, Hope you and yours are well, take care and stay safe. Bob

    Sent from Mail for Windows


  6. lghiggins says:

    I don’t do FB and was confused about the like also. I thought it meant on your post. I did go to the links, and it was an interesting read. My only connection to Toastmasters is through a brother who surprised us all by going to and enjoying Toastmasters as he is introverted. I know he used it in both management positions at work and lay leadership positions in his church.


    • dfolstad58 says:

      Thanks Linda, I love hearing success stories related to Toastmasters. It certainly is a boost to anyone in my opinion. I am not certain why the “like” button was hard to see, it always seems on my pc to be at the bottom of the post. Sorry for the inconvenience and frustration on that issue. I am happy to hear you investigated the links, I put them in but think most people skip them.

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  7. Lorrie says:

    So the “Band on the Run” says “I hope you’re having fun”, which is the real purpose of a blog. And why shouldn’t that apply to being in Toastmasters? If you are thinking “if I ever get outta here”, then perhaps Toast yourself at having Master-ed that skill. (as though having fun could ever be mastered). Cheers!


    • dfolstad58 says:

      Hi Lorrie, Yes it was Band on the Run – love listening to that whole album. I do enjoy being a Toastmaster, and encouraging others to investigate the fun and learning of Toastmasters is a passionate topic of mine. Our Club is called Penticton Toasties – and we have a website. Just for fun consider being my guest in January at our zoom club meeting. Merry Christmas to you and thank you for being part of my blog internet family. I said today in my speech that the people I meet by having a blog was the huge benefit I never expected, the surprise in the blogging crackerjack. ♥

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  8. Hi David,
    I clicked on those links (perhaps too late).
    I have been aware of Toastmasters and Landmark for several years. Every now and then it comes up and I tell myself I will look into it 😦
    I don’t think I ever heard of that song before.
    I always love your pictures!!
    Wishing you a blessed weekend! ♥♥♥

    Liked by 1 person

    • dfolstad58 says:

      That song is one of my favorites, the group was Wings which was the band that Paul McCartney had in the 70’s. Two of my favorites he did was the song “Band On the Run” and “Silly Love Songs”. This album along with Dark Side of the Moon are my choices as classics. You can check them out on Youtube if you are intrigued. Hugs, My next post is inspired by you and Elvis Presley.

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  9. Those pictures are brilliant – thank you, C

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  10. Also, bravo on the accomplishments with Toastmasters! It’s such a gift being able to speck coherently in public, especially at your daughter’s wedding! 💕C


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