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I recently quit Toastmasters as I am not finding enough time to practice my speeches. Insufficient practice shows up pretty badly in front of audience. Toastmasters are incredibly forgiving. They will put up with the worst of the speakers.  But it hurts to not live up to the Toastmasters Promise.

There is one thing that all bad speakers have in common. They don’t practice enough. It takes about  an hour of practice for every minute of a speech. So you got to practice at least five hours to deliver a five-minute speech reasonably well. This is in addition to the time spent to research and write the speech. I don’t have that much free time. This was the reason I quit.

But I really loved being a Toastmaster. So I decided to go back to the club meetings as a guest and take part in impromptu speeches. I won’t have a membership but that doesn’t matter. What matters is practicing in front of audience and remembering to use word of the day in the speech.

In that sense, I am calling myself a Toastmaster again.

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Adieu Toastmasters

I quit Toastmasters today.

I belonged to my club for three years, two of those years as a Sergeant at Arms in the executive.

Toastmasters is one of the finest volunteer organizations. I experienced it first hand. I made friends, learned few skills, practiced public speaking, saw people grow as speakers, organized logistics and decided how to spend our limited budget for lunch after every meeting. So it isn’t an easy decision to not do it anymore.

I am by no means a great public speaker but while I was here, I got a tad better.

However David Allen once said: you can do anything, but not everything. So I decided to take a break from this lovely journey for awhile to give undivided attention to few of my biggest priorities.

Not surprisingly, I feel a bit sentimental.