I was feeling miserable and asking myself over and over again…
‘Why am I bothering myself? I should just give up seriously”.
I was on my way to a Toastmasters meeting. It seemed i was the only one attending and i had no agenda. It dawned on me that today was the 4th anniversary of the club I was a founder. I started this club barely 6 months after I had joined Toastmasters.It was the first club that met during the day. I was not comfortable driving to meetings at night and someone suggested that I start a club. Challengers was chartered 9 months later on 1 September 2014.
The club has been struggling for the past two years. At some point we had more than 20 members but attendance was poor. I arrived at the venue and was pleasantly surprised that our Pathways guide was there. I set up the room, she set up her projector and started her presentation to yours truly. A few minutes later one member and two guests joined us. Fifteen minutes later four more guests arrived. We came up with an agenda, one prepared speech and a table topics sessions. There was so much laughter and fun. One of the guest joined and paid immediately and even picked her own mentor, the member who had presented a speech.
As I was driving back home, I felt fulfilled. Imagine if I had given up, six guests would have been disappointed and perhaps never come back. The excitement and joy expressed by this one lady is the reason I bother myself and why I never give up!
Linda Chimanikire, DTM