A Matter of Taste: Toastmasters

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There are some really great speakers in this world. It’s an invaluable skill that lets you influence people, convey an opinion, and generally impress your peers.

It’s a skill I decidedly lack. There’s a reason I’m behind the camera, rather than in front of it.

Luckily, there’s any number of clubs, even just in the Ottawa area, that can help you become a better orator. Of these, the one with the most immediate name recognition has to be Toastmasters.

Toastmasters is an international, non-profit organization with over 13,000 chapters around the world. It’s a very affordable way to meet new people and work on your public speaking skills. It is focused around working together, with the members themselves helping to critique and improve each other’s deliveries. Ottawa itself plays host to many chapters of Toastmasters, but one of the most interesting (and delicious) has to be “A Matter of Taste”.

A Matter of Taste is a chapter that meets monthly for meetings. They give speeches, they give critiques, there’s a sense of community and camaraderie. The difference, however, is that they meet at a different restaurant around Ottawa. It’s an exciting time, combining interesting conversation, lively speeches, and some delicious food (remember to swallow before starting your speech).

The Production Maverix team was fortunate enough to be at the last meeting, at the Bay Street Bistro. The members were very friendly, and the speeches were top notch. Even as an observer, there was a lot of interesting information about public speaking, and some great examples about how to better present ideas. I can only imagine how helpful the club would be for its members.

In any case, check out this short video. It’s got a great overview of the club, and some mouthwatering soups…burgers…cakes…an apple crumble that looked so…

Sorry, I got a little carried away. The speeches. Their words were like a finely cooked plate of fish, topped with the perfect garnish and just the most exquisite light sauce…

Maybe just watch the video.